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Duane Chapman used to sleep with Beth's ashes but is now happy with new flame, the "final Mrs. Chapman"

Duane Chapman used to sleep with Beth's ashes but is now happy with new flame, the "final Mrs. Chapman"

"There will never be another Mrs. Dog but it looks like there will be a final Mrs. Chapman," he said.

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Watching his wife die of cancer was extremely devastating for "Dog The Bounty Hunter", who ended up losing 17 pounds within two weeks of Beth's death. Duane Chapman was so emotionally distraught that he found it difficult to fulfill Beth Chapman's final wishes.

When he spoke to ET, the reality star revealed what his wife wanted him to do with her ashes, which were placed in a pink box after she was cremated.

In the interview, published in July 2019, just weeks after his wife's death, Duane Chapman revealed, "She said scatter some, leave some on the fireplace, of course when I go to heaven, she wants me in the box with her."

But he couldn't bear the thought of letting her remains go and started carrying her ashes around; he even slept with her ashes by his side.

Duane "Dog" Chapman and Beth Chapman at the Fox Reality Channel Really Awards at the Avalon Hollywood club on September 24, 2008 (Source: Getty Images | Photo by Frazer Harrison)

"So, I wanted to put them in the car and seatbelt them in," he says. "And I want to take them with me. But that's like, morbid, you know? You gotta really watch it. These are the times when people go over the edge..." Dog the Bounty Hunter said.

The grief of losing his wife stopped him from fulfilling her wishes, "You know, I was going to do all the scattering, and then I looked at it and thought, 'I'm not gonna throw you, like, away. I'm just gonna throw you away and start over?' I can't do that. I haven't gotten past the place where I'm still putting a pillow where she was, and covering it up, like the jailhouse escape, right? I mean it. And then I wake up in the middle of the night and I see her and it doesn't register that ain't her. I'm still there."

Talking about how he sleeps with her ashes beside his bed so that he can see her when he wakes up in the morning, the bounty hunter said, "I leave it next to the bed right there and I think that might be where it's going to be forever."

When he spoke to People, he even said that he would never remarry again. "What deal we said is I will never take ‘Beth’ off my chest, I have her name here. And I will never get married," said Duane Chapman.

Duane Chapman filming a segment of his show outside of a news conference where New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was speaking to the media about the capture of convicted murderer David Sweat on June 28, 2015 in Malone, New York. (Source: Getty Images | Photo by Scott Olson)

However, now that several months have passed since Beth Chapman's death on June 26, 2019, the 67-year-old star revealed that he is currently in a relationship with his new girlfriend, Francie Frane and he says being with her is like a "miracle."

"It's a God relationship because it's just like a miracle," Duane Chapman told The Sun. "It's a miracle how we met and it's a miracle how great we're getting along."

He and met Francie through her late husband, Bob and the two have been dating for a few months now.

It was reported that Bob used to work on Duane Chapman's yard. When the bounty hunter left him a message on voicemail, asking him if he could help with some work on his Colorado property, it was Francie who recieved the message. She called him back to let him know that Bob had passed away a few months before Beth Chapman and he, too, had lost his life to cancer.

At a time when both of them were grieving for their spouses, they started finding comfort in each other. "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 Chapman 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."



 

Even his children, Cecily and Lyssa, are supportive of his relationship with Francie, a 51-year-old from Colorado. When their father was rumored to be dating Moon Angell, Cecily and Lyssa openly spoke about disapproving their relationship but they are now happy about the new woman in his life.

Both Duane Chapman and Francie help each other through their grief as well. "It's a very real love that we are developing with each other. Both of us are allowed to talk about our spouses that are in Heaven - it's not like we're afraid to mention it or anything like that," Dog the Bounty Hunter said. "We console each other but we also know that we have a responsibility and that is to do this right... We're taking this day by day, step by step - big steps come in pairs, little steps come in bunches. So that's how we're handling it and how we're doing it."

After being in love with Beth Chapman for many years, he admitted that it's bittersweet to move on. When he was asked about whether he would marry Francie, he said, "There will never be another Mrs. Dog but it looks like there will be a final Mrs. Chapman."