Bonnie Chapman Accused Her Dad of Betraying Her Late Mother but Supports His New Engagement
Days after the press announced that Bonnie Chapman was not invited to her father's wedding, she made some shocking revelations about him in a detailed statement.
Duane "Dog" Chapman is a reality TV star who gained worldwide recognition for his show "Dog the Bounty Hunter" on A&E from 2004 until 2012.
The 68-year-old is the father of Bonnie Chapman and was previously married to Bonnie's mom, Beth Chapman, who was his fifth wife. Beth died in June 2019 at the age of 51 after she was unfortunately diagnosed with stage II throat cancer in 2017.
A picture of Duane Chapman's daughter, Bonnie [left]. A picture of Duane "Dog" Chapman, with his wife Beth [right] | Photo: Getty Images || facebook.com/Bonniejoc
Ten months after Beth's death, the media reported that Duane was getting engaged to his girlfriend, Francis Fane. Fane, a 51-year-old rancher in Colorado, said she was not expecting the proposal.
She recalled that Duane had turned the lights low and had the room ambiently lit with candles. Duane reportedly admitted he and Fane got close because of their shared grief of losing someone they loved to cancer. Fane's late husband died a couple of months before Beth.
Duane claims that whenever he started to feel bad about Beth's death, and it became overwhelming, Fane would always show up, which has helped the children.
TV personality Duane 'Dog' Chapman (C) and family arrive Nickelodeon's 26th Annual Kids' Choice Awards at USC Galen Center on March 23, 2013 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images
He claims that Fane's late husband would expect him to be a gentleman as Beth would expect Fane to show up and take care of him. He said there would never be another Mrs. Dog, but it looks like there will be a final Mrs. Chapman.
They were reportedly planning to have the wedding after the coronavirus pandemic so that they could finally make it official and have all their families attend.
BONNIE DEFENDS DUANE'S DECISION
Duane faced criticism from fans after announcing that he would be getting married months after his wife's death. He reportedly posted Fane's picture on his Instagram, where he used the caption to claim he cried and screamed because Beth left him.
He further explained that the pain turns into a smile when he sees Fane because she is the woman he loves. Bonnie took to social media to defend her dad and said her father had gone through plenty without her mother.
She claimed it is very difficult to deal with a loved one's death and that her father deserves to be happy. She said Duane has her mother's name on his chest and would never forget her and the love she gave him.
Bonnie admitted her mother would have wanted Duane to find love and have peace. She said love comes easily to him, and he has never had life easy.
Bonnie also replied to a fan's comment by revealing she misses her mom every day but knows she sent Fane to her family. She elaborated that even though her mother didn't want Duane to remarry, her feelings changed as her condition worsened.
She also claimed that her half-sister Lyssa, the daughter of Duane with former wife Lyssa Rae Brittain, feels the same way about the engagement.
Lyssa was once annoyed about earlier news that their father Duane was reported to be in a relationship with another woman, Moon Angell.
Angell was Beth's former assistant, and she and Duane appeared on the third episode of "The Dr. Oz" show where he was seen asking her to marry him in a released teaser clip.
It was later revealed he got caught up in the moment and did not even give Angell a ring. Lyssa, speaking out about the incident, accused Angell of being a con artist.
BETRAYAL AND RACISM
After the press revealed that Duane had not invited Bonnie and Cecily, Beth's daughter from her previous relationship before Duane, to his wedding, Bonnie released a statement on social media.
In her statement, Bonnie revealed that Fane called her. She said that Fane admitted she was omitted from attending the wedding because of her choice to participate in Black Lives Matter and Social justice "The System" during the call.
"The System" is a show on the streaming platform Unleashed Reality Entertainment. The platform recently fired Duane, who was scheduled to return to TV with a show titled "Dog Unleashed."
The show was canceled when the station got reports of Duane's actions that breached contractual agreements during the production. Bonnie said she would not defend Duane because he was fired for using homophobic and racial slurs at fellow cast members on the show.
She admitted she was disappointed that her father was drifting back to his old racist ways. Bonnie accused him of cheating all the time, but she forgave him because she wanted a relationship with her father.
She revealed that since her mother Beth died, her father has run away from the person Beth inspired him to be. Bonnie accused him of having affairs with her mom's friend even before her death when she was still in the hospital.
She explained that her father hates the Black Lives Matter movement as he referred to them as thugs. He also uses horrific language against the LGBTQ community.
Bonnie accused him of being linked to right-wing extremists like Greg Locke, a pastor who once posted homophobic content online. Duane appeared on Locke's podcast.
She also claimed Fane contracted COVID-19 but traveled and attended events regardless. She admitted this might shock those who look up to her father growing up, but the public deserved to know the truth.
Bonnie admitted she had always defended him because she believed he wanted to be a good man and did not want her family to hate her.
She also wanted to be called to family gatherings, but she knows her mom would never allow his recent behavior. Bonnie also revealed that she has been speaking out to honor her mother's memory.
After her statement, Duane and Fane told People that Bonnie's allegations were untrue. They said Bonnie and Cecily were being instigated against them by Duane's ex-business associates, seeking to tarnish his image.
Duane and Fane claim to love the sisters and ask for prayers so that they can be released from what the former business associates are threatening them with. They also shot down Bonnie's coronavirus-related accusations.
Bonnie's half-sister Lyssa also claimed that the sisters were telling lies about Duane. However, Lyssa also stated that her sisters are still admired by their family, who are not happy by the lies instigated by their dad's former associates.
Hopefully, the family settles their dispute and gets back to being the happy family the late Beth would've wanted.
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