Aretha Was Engaged To THIS Temptation Who Regrets Not Marrying Her

Posted On : March 25, 2016

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Aretha Franklin was once engaged to a Temptation member when they were both at the height of their careers. We don’t know how in the world they kept this quiet back in the day, but somehow they did. Aretha and this Temp’ actually spoke about their relationship and the love they continued to have for each other, after their romance had ended and their engagement was called off.

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The Temp’ is Dennis Edwards, who also had a daughter with another VERY famous soul singer. Remember Dennis? He was the Temptation that went on to have solo success with his 80’s hit “Don’t Look Any Further.”

Aretha revealed that Dennis basically missed out on his opportunity to become her husband and Dennis eventually confessed that he regretted not marrying her. Check out what was reported by Ebony magazine a few years ago:

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Like so many women, one thing Aretha had to learn the hard way would turn out to be one of life’s toughest lessons: the men she would love wouldn’t always know how to love her. Take, for example, Dennis Edwards, formerly of The Temptations, to whom Aretha was once engaged.

“Dennis Edwards was about 15 years too late,” she says, explaining why they never married. Meaning exactly what? “Meaning,” she says, “by the time he realized the value of what he had, it was just too late. I was no longer interested. He had drop-kicked me a couple of times and I had just had enough.”

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Edwards himself has admitted as much. “I should have married Aretha,” he has said. “It was all in my court and I think I’m the one that was so scared of marrying this superstar.”

It sounds like Dennis had to learn his lesson after the thrill was gone on Aretha’s end. Obviously both have since moved on, but they continued to remain friends. Aretha is with her long time boo-thang, William Wilkerson…

Aretha Franklin and her man, William Wilkerson
Aretha Franklin and her man, William Wilkerson

And Dennis is married to his wife, Brenda…

Dennis Edwards with his wife, Brenda
Dennis Edwards with his wife, Brenda

Now that wasn’t Aretha’s only famous love interest. She apparently had a big crush on Sam Cooke and there were even rumors that they had a thing going on, but that was never confirmed. Anyways, according to Sam Cooke’s now 83 year old brother, L.C. Cooke (whom is also a soul singer), Aretha’s dad did not want her hooking up with Cooke, but he instead wanted her to date L.C. because he felt that he was more settled.


Check out what L.C. recently revealed to Esquire Magazine about Aretha and her dad on the next page>>>

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