Duane Chapman, known famously as Dog the Bounty Hunter, is engaged 10 months after his wife Beth lost her battle with throat and lung cancer.
In an interview with The Sun U.S. published Monday, the “Dog’s Most Wanted” star revealed he recently popped the question to girlfriend Francie Frane at his house in Colorado, where they are both quarantined.
“I wasn’t expecting it at all. I think I had gone to pick up some food and then when I came back he had all the lights turned down with just a few lights on and a bunch of candles lit. So when I came in, I was like, ‘Wow, this is awesome’. Then he said, ‘Come in, sit down because I need to talk to you,’” Frane, 51, told the outlet.
“So I put all the food in the kitchen and I came in and he said, ‘I know that God brought you into my life and I don’t want to spend one moment of it without you,’” the rancher from Colorado recalled. “And he got down on one knee and he opened the ring box and he said, ‘Will you marry me and spend the rest of our lives together?’ Who can say no to that? It was wonderful.”
A representative for the former bail bondsman also confirmed the news to People on Monday, saying in a statement, “They’re very happy and looking forward to a long life together.”
Duane and Francie started dating earlier this year and became Instagram official in April. They are planning to have their big day after the coronavirus lockdown is lifted so their family — including his 12 children, her two sons, and their grandchildren — and fans can celebrate the couple’s love.
“I would love to have the biggest wedding there’s ever been. I’m sorry, but that’s just me. I hope I can talk Francie into it and open it to my fans, the ‘Dog Pound,’ to everybody,” Duane told The Sun U.S. “It would be one hell of a party and it’s just what people need right now. I told Francie, people, they need a little love after being locked down. I love the idea of that.”
The two met after Duane called Francie’s husband Bob to ask him to do some yard work, not knowing that Bob passed away from cancer months before Beth. After Francie called Duane to explain what happened, they became friends and then started dating.
“They both lost their spouses to cancer, so they know what it’s like to go through that and they are helping each other through it,” Duane’s daughter Lyssa previously told The Sun U.S. in March. “But at the same time, they are being very respectful of each other’s grieving process, and they’re not trying to replace each other’s partner.”
News of Duane’s engagement might come as a shock to fans as the reality TV personality previously swore he would never marry again after Beth’s death.
“There will never be another Mrs. Dog… We both said, ‘If I die, you can have a man. Ten [men], I don’t care. But don’t marry one.’… And she said, ‘Don’t take my name off your chest, Dog. Do not get married.’… Don’t worry, I will not get married,” Duane told Us Weekly last August, two months after Beth’s passing.
However, Duane appeared to clarify this in a different interview with The Sun U.S. in March.
When asked if he thinks he would marry Francie, he answered, “There will never be another Mrs. Dog, but it looks like there will be a final Mrs. Chapman.”
In the same interview, Duane suggests that he and Francie’s last spouses would approve of their relationship.
“I know that when I start to feel bad about Beth and it’s overwhelming, Francie seems to show up and that helps the kids,” Duane said. “And I feel that Beth expects her to show up to take care of me. And Bob, Francie’s late husband, expects me to be a man and a gentleman and so I am.”
This will be his sixth marriage.
Congratulations to Duane and Francie on their engagement!