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Did a National Enquirer story cause Aretha Franklin to put a hold on her plans to marry longtime man friend, Willie Wilkerson? The tabloid says that once they published a story about how concerned the Queen of Soul’s four sons were about her getting hitched, she decided to cancel the wedding. A source told the tabloid, “Af­ter the Enquirer’s report, Aretha finally listened to her boys. She knew they were protective, but she had no idea how angry they were about her plans to marry Willie.

The source added that, “Willie is hurt, but he loves Aretha and he’s staying with her.” What’s the problem? The gossip rag claims Aretha’s boys were concerned that he planned to cut them out of her will. Aretha’s estate is said to be valued at $60 million.


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