News Aretha Franklin Calls Off Engagement! By Meg Swertlow 10:36 AM PST, January 23, 2012 Jet Magazine Aretha Franklin has called off her engagement to William Wilkerson, ET confirms. In a statement released Monday, the singer’s representative said her wedding to Wilkerson wasn't going to happen. There has been no comment on whether or not the formerly engaged duo is still a couple. Franklin announced on Jan. 2nd that she was getting married to her "forever friend", and said she was planning a wedding in either the Hamptons or Miami in June or July.