Aretha Franklin celebrated her 70th birthday on the 25th with friends Diane Sawyer, Willie Wilkerson, and Clive Davis among others.
Wilkerson and Franklin were engaged for a brief period of time earlier this year but when she was aked if wedding bells were in her future she said, “We’ll see what happens.”
Despite being seven decades old, Aretha feels like she is half her age and continues to stay busy. She recently re-signed to record with her mentor Davis and is looking forward to the process.
The Queen of soul received birthday wishes on Twitter:
happy birthday aretha franklin – if you want to be reminded of her genius, check ‘it only happens (when I look at you)’ beautiful
And also on her Facebook page:
“Amen sister, may God bless you more and more each day, and may your life continue to be full and healthy and most of all happy. THANK YOU !!!!! for all of your soul.”
Last year Franlin’s birthday bash was in NYC and also presented itself as a star-studded event. Gayle King and Tony Bennett were among the guest list.
The songbird maintains that she is young at heart and says that she is a people person who can relate to any age group.
The artist has won 18 Grammys and has been ranked by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top 100 greatest singers of all time.
She has collaborated with many stars such as George Michael and was the first female artist to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.