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What was the age difference between Aretha Franklin and her first husband?

Asked by Spencer Rivera

Andy Dale

Andy Dale
BA, Contributor

Aretha Franklin's first marriage was to Ted White.

Franklin and White married in 1961 — when she was 19 and he was reportedly 30 — after a few months of dating.

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