Aretha Franklin: "There will be no wedding at this time"

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." LESLIE E. KOSSOFF/AP Image

Aretha Franklin and William Wilkerson arrive in Washington to attend a dinner hosted by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Dec. 2, 2006.
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(CBS) Aretha Franklin and her fiance William "Willie" Wickerson have called off their wedding.

"Will and I have decided we were moving a little too fast, and there were a number of things that had not been thought through thoroughly," Franklin told Us Weekly in a statement. "There will be no wedding at this time."

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"We will not comment on it any further because of the very personal and sensitive nature of it," the statement explained. "We appreciate all of the many well wishes from friends."

Earlier this month, the Queen of Soul, 69, announced she would marry her longtime friend this summer in Miami Beach. At the time, she was considering a dress by Donna Karen, Valentino or Vera Wang.

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