January 24th, 2012 | Culture

Aretha calls off her wedding

Honorary degree recipient Aretha Franklin performs at President Barack Obama's inauguration.
Honorary degree recipient Aretha Franklin performs at President Barack Obama's inauguration. Photo by Wikimedia Commons.

Apparently the freeway of love isn’t as smooth a ride as the Queen of Soul had hoped.

Honorary degree recipient and goddess Aretha Franklin has canceled plans for her wedding, less than a month after she announced her engagement to William “Willie” Wilkerson, according to the AP. The two close friends had considered marrying this summer in the Hamptons or Miami.

“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 said in a statement released Monday. “There will be no wedding at this time.”

Franklin was showered with respect in 2010 when she swung by New Haven to receive an honorary doctor of music.