- - Monday, January 23, 2012

Aretha Franklin won’t be getting fitted for a wedding gown after all: She has called off her engagement.

A statement released Monday by her representative said Miss Franklin’s wedding to Willie Wilkerson wasn’t going to happen, the Associated Press reports.

“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,” Miss Franklin said. “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.”

Miss Franklin, 69, announced shortly after New Year’s Day that she was getting married.

It’s unclear whether the pair are still romantically involved.

In deposition, Brooks cannot recall hospital deal

Garth Brooks says an Oklahoma hospital pledged to name a women’s center for his late mother in return for $500,000, but a deposition unveiled Monday showed that, after filing a lawsuit, the country singer couldn’t remember what he had been promised.

Mr. Brooks claims the Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital failed to honor a promise to place Colleen Brooks’ name on a new women’s center in his hometown of Yukon. The center was never built, and the singer wants his money back, plus punitive damages.

In testimony Friday, as reported by the Associated Press, Mr. Brooks said that through a number of telephone calls, he reached a verbal agreement with the hospital in 2005.

In a brief cross-examination Monday, Integris attorney Terry Thomas showed statements Mr. Brooks made in a deposition given after the singer filed a breach-of-contract claim against the hospital in 2009. In it, Mr. Brooks couldn’t say whether a new women’s center was promised, or whether Colleen Brooks’ name would be attached to an existing center.

“I don’t remember,” Mr. Brooks said in the deposition.

The singer concluded his testimony Monday. Rogers County District Judge Dynda Post has said she wants jurors to receive the case by Tuesday afternoon and be prepared to stay as late as midnight Tuesday to resolve it.

Seal, Heidi Klum announce separation

Seal and Heidi Klum have announced that their storybook marriage is coming to the end of the runway.

In a statement Sunday night, the power couple announced their separation after rumors swirled over the weekend that a divorce was imminent.

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