Referred to as the “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin was one of the most successful and iconic artists of her time, and arguably of all time. Known for her talented vocals, chart-topping songs and contributions to soul music, Aretha Franklin’s legacy lives on through her music. 

And luckily for us, musical talent runs in her family. Her four sons and three grandchildren are also musically gifted and have all worked to further Aretha Franklin’s legacy

After her death on Aug. 16, 2018, her family released a statement that read, “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. … We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.”

Aretha Franklin’s impact still reverberates to this day, but information on her loved ones and romantic relationships is lesser known.

Learn a little bit about the children of Aretha Franklin and her various romantic relationships.