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John Schneider | Source: Getty Images
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John Schneider Met New Girlfriend 1 Year after Wife Alicia's Death – Inside His Life

Gaone Pule
Jul 02, 2024
01:00 P.M.
  • John Schneider found a new partner after losing his wife to cancer.
  • He was on the verge of giving up everything before meeting his new love.
  • Schneider honors his late wife while moving forward with his life.
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John Schneider visits the SiriusXM Studios on November 26, 2019 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

John Schneider visits the SiriusXM Studios on November 26, 2019 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

John Schneider has found love again after the devastating loss of his wife to a debilitating illness. On the brink of giving up everything, he found hope and happiness in his unexpected new partner.

The veteran actor, famous for playing Bo Duke in "The Dukes of Hazzard," has been married three times, with his first two marriages ending in divorce.

John Schneider on the set of "The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!" 1997 | Source: Getty Images

John Schneider on the set of "The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!" 1997 | Source: Getty Images

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He was married to former Miss America Tawny Little from 1983 to 1986. In 1993, he wed Elly Castle, but their marriage ended in 2014 after 21 years.

Shortly after, Schneider met actress Alicia Allain during a lunch meeting for a film project. They instantly connected, and Schneider was taken by her proactive attitude and sharp wit.

John Schneider and Alicia Allain attend the premiere of "You're Gonna Miss Me," 2017 | Source: Getty Images

John Schneider and Alicia Allain attend the premiere of "You're Gonna Miss Me," 2017 | Source: Getty Images

"I knew that I had met my person," Schneider said. The couple dated for five years before marrying in 2019 in a small ceremony at John Schneider Studios in Holden, Louisiana.

At that time, Schneider's divorce from Castle was still ongoing, and he and Allain planned to make their marriage legal once it was finalized.

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Allain described their wedding as "a wonderful celebration, a sanctuary of love. Just a perfect day of celebrating with friends and family." While Schneider added, "Happy is too small of a word."

As an award-winning country music artist and film producer, Schneider and Allain reflected on their relationship during an interview on "Fox & Friends."

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They collaborated on numerous films and composed about 110 songs together. However, their happiness was challenged in May 2019 when Allain was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after their vows.

"This past Memorial Day I was diagnosed with stage 4 HER2 negative cancer," Allain revealed in a joint interview. Schneider explained, "She was three years into a five-year shelf life."

Allain saw a dermatologist after noticing changes in her skin, who diagnosed her with breast cancer. By 2020, Allain's cancer was in remission, and Schneider shared she was doing well.

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However, in December 2021, a race-car crash left Allain with a broken back, and scans revealed her cancer had returned and spread to her bones.

Allain sadly succumbed to her four-year battle with the disease in February 2023. Schneider announced her passing on Facebook with a heartfelt post.

"My beautiful Smile is pain-free, living in her new body alongside Jesus. Please respect our privacy during this time of grief. [...] Hug those you love tight and let them know how you feel. We always did," he wrote.

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In July, five months after her passing, Schneider spoke in his first on-camera interview at the Drinks With Dee Dee Sorvino cabaret show in Hollywood.

The New York native opened up about his struggle with losing Allain. He stated that he was committed to helping others cope with grief, despite admitting he would never fully recover from his loss.

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Part of his healing involved creating a new album, "We Are Still Us," to honor Allain. "It hurt so bad to write. It hurt so bad to sing. But the final product is going to be healing for those who are going through this," he said.

Schneider's goal with the album was to encourage people to express their emotions for loved ones while they are alive. He said the album was the best work he has ever done, even though it was emotionally painful.

He remembered how he and his late spouse produced their own films and music and did not work under anybody, adding this was helpful. "Now that, really, my much, much, much better half is not here, but waiting for me, I am trying to honor her professionalism and trying to honor her skill," said Schneider.

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He expressed his belief that he and Allain would accomplish great things because of her death. "She and I are going to do remarkable, great things because of this, not in spite of it, but because of this," he noted.

Schneider continues to write daily letters to Allain, posting them online. "Every day I write a letter to heaven," he divulged. A month later, Schneider discussed his grief in another interview, describing their home as a source of pain since Allain's death.

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"We lived here, but we also survived here. We chased our dreams and caught them here. This place has been very important to us from the very beginning and still is," the celebrity expressed.

Schneider admitted he struggles with accepting Allain's absence. "I miss every damn thing, every day. I have to get to the point where I look around and see where she is, not where she's not. And I'm trying to do that, but that's hard," he revealed.

To make up for the void, he keeps Allain's memory alive by launching an AliciaWear clothing line featuring phrases she used to say, like "Love That" and "Go Do."

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Despite the difficulty of moving on, Schneider eventually found someone new to love. In May 2024, he appeared on "Grace Begins, The Podcast," where he spoke about his reluctance to continue living after losing Allain.

After almost giving up, he met another woman a year later, describing it as "a miracle." "God sent a widower to a widow and a widow to a widower who [gets] it, who understands," he noted, gesturing to his new partner off-camera.

"Just when I thought the very notion of dating or holding another hand was repulsive, I met this one, that crazy Dame over there," the public figure added.

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Schneider credited his new partner with helping him move forward. Meanwhile, online users have been supportive of his new relationship, understanding his need for companionship after such a profound loss.

One user wrote, "I think he showed love and commitment through his wife’s four-year battle with cancer. [...] No judgement from me…find someone you enjoy being with and find happiness again."

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Another person said, "[...] Humans need companions. I don't see a problem with the timing. After all, we've been told that we all grieve differently."

A grateful fan who shared that they also lost loved ones, expressed, "I know I will see them again. Thanks love," after Schneider shared he knows he will be reunited with Allain one day.

One person remarked, "I was so worried about you! I am thrilled that God helped you and DeeDee find each other! It was SO GOOD to hear you LAUGH again!" Another added, "He's one of the good guys."

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Schneider's appearance has changed as well. The 64-year-old now proudly sports a rugged look with gray hair and a beard and admitted to being confused by his look.

He acknowledged that his locks have never looked like this before and is unsure what is happening. But Schneider hinted that "maybe it's paying a silent tribute to my dad and my grandfather," he wrote on Facebook in May 2024.

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Later that month, the "Dr. Quinn" star posted a photo of himself holding an eight track tape and captioned his social media upload, "I'm officially old!!!"

Schneider also keeps busy by playing golf. He once shared images of himself at the Montlake Gold Course in Tennessee.

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The Hollywood star keeps active by working out. He shared a picture rocking a printed white T-shirt while posing in front of gym equipment.

Schneider continues to make music even after losing his partner and has shared a clip of his music video "Outta This Town" on his Facebook account.

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The famed television star also shared a link to another one called "Livin' My Life My Way," which he described as "So much fun!" on one of his social media posts.

John Schneider's journey through grief and healing showcases his resilience and strength. Finding love again after such a significant loss demonstrates his determination to honor his late wife's memory while embracing the future.

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