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Add Aretha Franklin to the list of celebrity holiday engagements

Aretha Franklin says she's ready to tie the knot with longtime friend William "Willie" Wilkerson. She's pictured here with Wilkerson in 2006. Franklin told The Associated Press in a statement on Jan. 2, 2012 that the pair was considering a summer wedding, perhaps on Miami Beach. The Queen of Soul wants to follow the ceremony with a reception on a private yacht. The 69-year-old singer jokes, "No, I'm not pregnant."
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Singer Aretha Franklin and her escort William Wilkerson arrive at the U.S. State dinner in Washington, D.C.
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(CBS) Aretha Franklin is engaged to her longtime friend William "Willie" Wilkerson, adding to the long list of celebrities who chose the holidays as the perfect time to pop the question.

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The 69-year-old Grammy-winning singer, who has been married twice before, said the two plan on a summer wedding.

It seems like over the holidays everyone had the same idea of providing their significant other with engagement rings.

"Bridesmaids" actor Chris O'Dowd asked his girlfriend, British TV personality Dawn Porter, to marry him while the two were on vacation on an island in the English Channel; basketball legend Michael Jordan popped the question to his girlfriend model Yvette Prieto over Christmas weekend as well.

Their other famous counterparts who got engaged over the holidays included: LeBron James and Savannah Brinson; Wynonna Judd and Cactus Moser; John Legend and Chrissy Teigen; Danny Gokey and Leyicet Peralta; Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves; Britney Spears and Jason Trawick.