Bonnie Chapman rushes to father Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman’s defense after fans criticize him for getting engaged 10 months after wife Beth lost her battle with cancer.
After the “Dog’s Most Wanted” star gave an interview with The Sun U.S. — describing his proposal to Francie Frane, a 51-year-old rancher from Colorado — the bail enforcement agent posted the story to his Instagram page on Monday.
However, some fans disapproved of the reality TV personality’s announcement, and believed he moved on too quickly after Beth’s death last June.
“Wow, how [feelings] can change so easily. I mean, can’t believe that you can move on so quickly,” wrote one IG user.
“That didn’t take long. I’m not hating though,” another added.
After seeing negative remarks, Bonnie, Duane and Beth’s 21-year-old daughter, wrote a lengthy statement in the comments section to support her father and his new fiancée.
“To those who want to criticize: please just let my father live in peace. Let him be happy, please for the love of God let him be. My father has gone through so much this past year without my mother,” Bonnie wrote.
She continued, “My father deserves to be happy. He’s still got my mother’s name [tattooed] on his chest, he’ll never forget her and the love she gave him. She would be happy my father is in love and finding peace.”
Bonnie also said that she and her family “went through every excruciating and painful detail of what was next” when her mother went through her cancer battle, adding, “I had this talk with her, my mother had so much love for my father, she would never want him to be alone.”
While describing Francie as “a wonderful woman,” she proudly welcomed her future stepmom into the family.
“Welcome to the pack, Francie.”
Per The Sun U.S., Duane and Francie met after Duane called Francie’s husband Bob to ask him to do some yard work. When Francie called back and explained that Bob passed away from cancer (months before Beth), the two struck up a friendship, and later, a romantic relationship.
The newly engaged couple plan to have their wedding after the coronavirus lockdown is lifted so family — including his 12 children, her two sons, and their grandchildren — as well as fans can enjoy “one hell of a party.”