January 23rd, 2012
01:18 PM ET
Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is putting the brakes on her engagement and impending nuptials.
The legendary songstress announced her engagement to her longtime friend William "Willie" Wilkerson at the start of the year, but she tells CNN in a statement Monday that the pair have decided they're "moving a little too fast."
Franklin, 69, continues, "There were a number of things that had not been thought through thoroughly."
Earlier, the singer had dished on plans to get Valentino, Vera Wang or Donna Karan to design her dress, and noted that the wedding's reception could happen aboard a luxury yacht.
However, Franklin says in her statement that "there will be no wedding at this time." She adds that neither she nor Wilkerson plan to speak on the canceled engagement "any further because of the very personal and sensitive nature of it. We appreciate all of the many well wishes from friends."
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