Aretha Franklin Calls Off Engagement

Aretha Franklin

Bad news! Aretha Franklin has called off her engagement to Willie Wilkerson.

"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. There will be no wedding at this time," Franklin said in a statement. "We will not comment on it any further because of the very personal and sensitive nature of it. We appreciate all of the many well wishes from friends."

The pair announced their engagement just after New Year's, telling the press that Franklin was "considering Donna Karan, Valentino and the queen of wedding dresses, Vera Wang, to design her gown" and jokingly reassuring everyone that the "Respect" singer was "not pregnant."

Franklin and Wilkerson had been friends for years and boasted that their relationship was so strong because they were pals long before things turned romantic.