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How did Aretha get pregnant at 12?

Asked by Raphael Guerra

Carla McCrory

Carla McCrory
BA, Contributor

couldn't be everywhere at once, though. Soon after her 12th birthday, Aretha was impregnated by a local boy reportedly named Donald Burke. Marriage was not considered and the baby was named Clarence. Just shy of her 15th birthday, Aretha gave birth to a second son: Eddie, named after his father, Edward Jordan.

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