Franklin Denies Wedding Reports
Soul legend ARETHA FRANKLIN has dismissed reports she's planning to marry her longterm boyfriend WILLIE WILKERSON. The Respect singer was reported to be attending wedding dress fittings in New York earlier this year (07), but Franklin, who has been married twice before, credits the erroneous story to an overzealous photographer. She says, "I was just leaving the hotel in New York with my friend, and one of the photographers outside yelled, `Hey Aretha, what are you doing in town?' "And I said I was there to get a gown, but I didn't say a wedding gown. But he just ran with it." However, the 65-year-old admits she's not against the idea of marrying for a third time. She adds, "I am amenable to it (marriage). I like the institution of marriage, and I like taking care of my sweetie."