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Duane Chapman's Daughter Wed Her Girlfriend - He 'Was Unable' to Attend the Nuptials

Stephen Thompson
Jun 16, 2022
05:30 P.M.

Duane Chapman's daughter, Lyssa Chapman, recently got married to the love of her life, but her father was absent at the ceremony because the wedding took place in Hawaii, where he used to live with his fourth wife while she was alive. Here are the details.


Duane Chapman's daughter, Lyssa Chapman, tied the knot with her longtime partner Leiana Evensen in a ceremony that took place in Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean on June 3.

The newly-wedded woman, who adopted her wife's surname, took to her Instagram page to share the news with her followers. She was also graceful enough to reveal details about the private milestone event.

Duane "Dog" Chapman during March of Dimes Honolulu Fundraiser Featuring Duane "Dog" Chapman of "Dog The Bounty Hunter" - November 14, 2006 | Source: Getty Images

Duane "Dog" Chapman during March of Dimes Honolulu Fundraiser Featuring Duane "Dog" Chapman of "Dog The Bounty Hunter" - November 14, 2006 | Source: Getty Images

According to her statement, they boarded a boat at seven in the morning accompanied by seven of their closest family members, after which they dedicated their "love and lives" to each other. Then, to mark their union, she said that they stood with their feet in the water and connected themselves to the power of the ocean.


The ceremony was officiated by Lyssa's uncle, David, and according to the proud woman, they plan to spend the rest of their lives at Makaalamihi, a place surrounded by the majestic Ko'olau mountains.


Photos that immortalized the event captured the pair in white with colorful crowns on their heads; Lyssa wore a maxi dress while her new wife was dressed in a white button-down top and shorts.


TV personality Dog the Bounty Hunter attends the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 | Source: Getty Images

TV personality Dog the Bounty Hunter attends the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 | Source: Getty Images

Lyssa's wedding comes several months after her father, Duane, was accused of being homophobic by one of her siblings. The lady who made the accusations was Bonnie Chapman, a daughter he had with his late wife, Beth Chapman.

The accusation came last year after Bonnie and her half-sister, Cecily, were excluded from witnessing Duane's wedding to his fiancee, Francie Frane.


It saw the angry Bonnie call him a racist, homophobic, and cheat. Frane reportedly told her that she had not been invited because she participated in the Black Lives Matter protests with "The System," a show available via the streaming platform known as UnleashedTV.

On Instagram, she stated that she would not defend his racism and revealed that the platform had dismissed Duane because he used racial and homophobic epithets towards her fellow cast members on the show.

He also backed his actions up with bible passages that he said convinced him that God did not make man to be alone.


In response to her allegations, Duane and Frane released a statement that tagged Bonnie's outburst as a "misguided attempt to derail their wedding." This year when Lyssa married her wife, Duane was not there; however, it had nothing to do with homophobia.

According to Lyssa, Duane fully supported their union and had been with her "in spirit and electronically.” He face-timed her the morning before the ceremony commenced and during the wedding itself.


Indeed the real reason Duane could not attend the wedding had more to do with the location than the sexuality of the brides. Apparently, Hawaii holds special memories of him and his late wife, Beth Chapman, and even though she passed some time ago, he still finds it "really hard for him to come back to Hawaii."



Beth Chapman passed away in June 2019 from cancer, and her death shook Duane, who had loved her intensely. Months after her passing, Duane revealed that he couldn’t marry again.

According to him, there would never be "another Mrs. Dog" because they both promised each other that if death took either of them first, they would not move on. She made him vow not to take her name off his chest or get married, and he agreed.


Later, he revealed that he would honor their vows but could not remain single for the rest of his life because he needed companionship. But, of course, it does not change the fact that he genuinely loved Beth, whom he had been with for more than a decade.

Mourning her death was a challenging phase because he "loved her so much," and daily life was not the same without her. When he opened up about it to USA Today, Duane revealed that he used to get notes in his pillowcase and sink, some of which used to tell him what to wear.


He called her a "control person" that still had him on strings; she was controlling from her spot in heaven. His words made it evident that his love for her had not been just talk because hours after her demise, he admitted that it was difficult for him to be alone, and he even contemplated suicide.

On the finale of WGN's “Dog's Most Wanted," he revealed that he hopes he did not live much longer in her absence and wondered what she would say to him if he also appeared in heaven.

Despite how affected he had been by Beth's death, Duane started going out with a woman named Moon Angell, but his daughter Lyssa disapproved of the woman whom she claimed met the family by dating her brother. She hated the fact that Angell also had the audacity to replace her mom's clothes with her own and was very vocal about her feelings on social media.


Lyssa knew her dad could do what he wanted with his life and money, but she was unequivocal in her stance on where his relationship with Angell was concerned. Later on, he fell in love with his current wife, Francie Frane, and got engaged to her less than a year after the tragedy.

The pair first met after Duane, who had needed an excavator, reached out to Frane's husband, not knowing he had passed. He left the man a voicemail, and Frane had called him back; it had been six months after Beth's death.


During the call, they both realized they were grieving partners they lost to cancer, and sometime later, Duane asked her out, to which she replied, "Yeah, if you go to church." She initially brushed off his advances, but during an emotional church service, they both held hands, and it was clear skies from there.

They bonded over their grief, and Duane did not take long to decide that he wanted to spend the rest of his life by her side. While it may seem like they both moved on too fast, Duane has assured his fans that Frane represented a way forward for him.


He also backed his actions up with bible passages that he said convinced him that God did not make man to be alone, which meant he approved of his relationship with Frane. Duane has also stated that Frane can never take Beth's place but that it did not mean he loved her any less.

The pair got married on September 2, 2021, in an intimate ceremony attended by 100 of their closest family and friends. It took place at the luxurious resort, The Pinery At The Hill. Being a married man agrees with Duane, and ever since their wedding, pictures he has posted on social media have captured him looking happy and healthy — a far cry from his mental state after Beth's demise.

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