Aretha Franklin calls off wedding, says she needs to think (think, think) about this and needs her freedom (freedom), freedom (freedom), freedom, ooh freedom

Aretha Franklin’s longtime fans were taken aback when the soul singer announced just after New Year’s that over the holidays she’d gotten engaged to be married to longtime companion William “Willie” Wilkerson. Well, those with concerns need not worry about buying wedding gifts just yet — the 69-year-old “Respect” singer has put the brakes on her wedding, which was to have taken place sometime in the summer.

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