Aretha Franklin is Engaged

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After dropping the pounds, Aretha Franklin is gaining a new man, according to

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A rep reportedly confirmed to the news source that the Queen of Soul, 69, is engaged to marry her "forever friend" William Wilkerson.

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Aretha has already started planning for the event, as her rep revealed, "Ms. Franklin is considering Donna Karan, Valentino and the queen of wedding dresses, Vera Wang, to design her gown."

The music icon should look better than ever for her special day. She lost 85 pounds last year.

The couple is reportedly eyeing a June or July date for the upcoming nuptials.