Gregg Allman is ready to tie the knot again. In a new interview on Piers Morgan Tonight, the Allman Brothers musician confirms he is set to marry his 24-year-old girlfriend Shannon Williams.
This will be Allman’s seventh marriage. He tells Piers Morgan that “this time I’m really in love.”
When asked how Shannon feels about being his seventh wife, Allman insists they don’t look at that way. “That’s not what she’s becoming. She’s becoming wife number one. I don’t have a wife, I haven’t had one for years,” the 64-year-old explains.
In other celebrity engagement news, actress Keira Knightley confirmed Friday she is engaged to Klaxons rocker James Righton. No other details were released. Knightley and Righton met last year through model and TV personality Alexa Chung. They began dating that February, just two months after Knightley ended her 5 year relationship with actor Rupert Friend.
Greg Allman will release a tell-all autobiography this May, titled My Cross to Bear. The longtime frontman of the Allman Brothers said on his Facebook page that the book, which was co-written by Rolling Stone music critic Alan Light, will provide an “unflinching tale of his life on stage and off.”
The book will reportedly deal with many of the infamous events of the singer’s life, including the motorcycle crash that took his brother and bandmate Duane Allman’s life back in the 1970s. Allman’s marriage to pop star Cher will also play a prominent role in the book, along with his struggle with drugs and alcohol which lead to an eventual liver transplant later in life.
Additionally, his upbringing in the South is also discussed, offering a portrait of life in the 1960s with brother Duane.
The book will delve into the racial and cultural transformation of the time and how those transformations eventually impacted the music the Allman Brothers made.
My Cross to Bear is set to be released May 1 in bookstores and on digital platforms. In 2011, Allman released a solo album titled Low Country Blues.