Duane Chapman's daughter Bonnie begs fans to let him 'live in peace' after surprise engagement

Bonnie pleaded with fans to stop criticizing her father after the news of his surprise engagement to his new girlfriend Francie Frane came to light


                            Duane Chapman's daughter Bonnie begs fans to let him 'live in peace' after surprise engagement
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Duane 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' Chapman has surprised and shocked fans with the unexpected news that he is engaged to his new girlfriend Francie Frane, just 10 months after the death of his former wife Beth Chapman. 

Duane's 21-year-old daughter Bonnie Chapman took to social media to show her support for her father and defend him against the backlash he was receiving. In response to a comment on Duane's Instagram, she wrote, "Please just let my father live in peace. Let him be happy, please for the love of God let him be."

She further added, "My father has gone through so much this past year without my mother. It's been extremely difficult to see one parent pass, and the other so intent on following. My father deserves to be happy." 

"He's still got my mother's name 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. Please keep your comments to yourself, and if you can't then it reflects more on you than him," she continued. 

Bonnie concluded her post, "Francie is a wonderful woman, as usual no one can replace my mother; but it's okay to let new people in...... I had this talk with her, my mother had so much love for my father, she would never want him to be alone. My mom wanted him to be happy no matter what."

Bonnie is one out of the two children Duane had with Beth, his fifth wife. Beth lost her life last year after a battle with cancer. It has been reported that Duane, 67, proposed to his current girlfriend Francie Frane at their Colorado home. 

Duane Chapman lost his former wife Beth Chapman last year after she died of cancer (Getty Images) 

51-year-old Frane shared, "I wasn't expecting it at all. think I had gone to pick up some food and then when I came back he had all the lights turned down with just a few lights on and a bunch of candles lit.." Duane also weighed in and said that he's very happy and is keen to have the "biggest wedding there's ever been" which he wants to open to all his fans. 

Duane will also be inviting his 12 children, Frane's two sons as well as their grandchildren. Duane said that all his fans are welcome and added, "people need a bit of love after lockdown."

We had previously reported that Duane is still mourning the death of his wife Beth Chapman but he says that his new love Francie Frane is helping to turn the pain into happiness. Chapman took to Instagram to share a picture of Frane.

He captioned the picture, "I scream & cry Beth where are you why did you leave me then I look up & see you Francie & the pain turns to a smile I LOVE YOU WOMAN!!" Frane also responded via her Instagram Story and shared, "I love you too, babe!" Ever since their romance became public, Chapman has been proudly showing off his girlfriend. Frane who is a rancher hailing from Colorado has been dating Chapman for several months now.

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