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Aretha Franklin aka the Queen of Soul is putting her tour life to rest.

The iconic singer confirmed to a Detroit television station this week that she’s “retiring.” Franklin suggested, “This will be my last year. I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it.”

Despite bringing an impressive 60-year-career to an end, there won’t necessarily be an abrupt stop. Per the singer, she will do “some select things … One a month, for six months out of the year.”

When asked why now, the 74-year-old explained that there’s so much more life, like spending time with her family. “I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from, and where it is now,” she said. “I’ll be pretty much satisfied … but I’m not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing. That wouldn’t be good either.”

Given there’s still one more album left for the soul singer, you better believe it’s going to be one for the books. “Of course, several of the songs are going to be produced by Stevie Wonder and of course there’s only one Stevie, right? It’s kind of multi-[directional]. We’re not pigeonholed to any one thing,” she said.

Last year, Aretha was forced to cancel a series of performances due to health problems. In August 2016, the Detroit native confirmed that “due to doctors’ orders, I will have to cancel a few concerts for the next month or so.” The health concerns were never disclosed.

Franklin’s last project was her 2014 LP Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics.

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Finally! Taraji P. Henson Confirms Relationship With NFL Baller Kelvin Hayden



Taraji is finally letting the world know what it already knew – she’s in a relationship with NFL cornerback Kelvin Hayden. Henson dished the (cold) tea while on Essence’s Yes, Girl! podcast saying that the reason she kept it a secret was because she’s a private person.

“I’m not the type to blast my personal business. But, you know, I think that’s important for people to know. I’m happy. I’m very very happy. I just am,” the “Empire” actress shared.

Rumors first circulated in December 2015 about Henson and 34-year-old Hayden, who played for the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts, after photos surfaced of the pair holding hands in Miami. Though Hayden has appeared on her Instagram feed, the Golden Globe winner never confirmed the intimate details until now.

“You know, we’ve been together for two years. No one would really know that because I don’t really blast my info like that. But I’m very happy,” she said.

Taraji girl we could tell. The Hidden Figures actress even broke out singing, “Finally! It has happened to me,”—quoting the CeCe Peniston‘s song “Finally.”

Henson also revealed the couple will be celebrating the holidays together with the new puppy Hayden gifted her with as an early Christmas present.

“Big #KBall with Lil squirt #KBall watching daddy brush his teeth! 😩😂😂😂,” she wrote, teasing a photo of her boo and new pup.

And speaking of Christmas, in case you missed it Taraji hosted her “White Hot Holidays” special on Fox Wednesday night. Peep the clips of Henson having some fun with her celebrity guests including Method Man, DJ Khaled, Neicy Nash, Salt-N-Pepa and The Ying Yang Twins.

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