By Kate Ward
Updated January 23, 2012 at 06:33 PM EST
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What she wanted, baby, he didn’t have it. Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has called off her engagment to longtime friend William “Willie” Wilkerson, less than a month after announcing their plans to marry. According to a statement released to People, Franklin and Wilkerson decided to slow things down. “Regretfully, To Our Friends and Supporters: 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.”

The statement continues, “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.” Franklin and Wilkerson had intended to marry in the summer.

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