HomeTV and MoviesDog the Bounty Hunter says new girlfriend Francie Frane is a 'miracle' and wants her to become 'the last Mrs Chapman'
Dog the Bounty Hunter says new girlfriend Francie Frane is a 'miracle' and wants her to become 'the last Mrs Chapman'
DOG the Bounty Hunter says new girlfriend Francie Frane is a "miracle" and he wants to marry her, in an exclusive interview with The Sun.
The reality star – real name Duane Chapman – said that while there'll "never be another Mrs Dog" referring to late wife Beth, who sadly died from cancer last year – he wants Francie to become "the last Mrs Chapman".
The Sun first revealed Dog had found love again at the weekend – with daughter Lyssa Chapman and close friend and Dog's Most Wanted star Rainy Robinson both giving Francie their full approval.
Now Dog has broken his silence on his new relationship, telling The Sun: "It's going really good.
"It's a God relationship because it's just like a miracle.
"It's a miracle how we met and it's a miracle how great we're getting along."
Francie, a 51-year-old rancher from Colorado, and Dog have been dating for a few months after meeting through her late husband Bob.
Bob used to do yard work for Dog, and the star called and left a voicemail asking if Bob could come over and carry out some more work on his property in Colorado.
Francie then had to call Dog back and tell him that tragically Bob had also died from cancer – just a few months before Beth passed away last June.
Since then the pair have become close as they help each other through the grieving process.
Dog said: "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.
"And I feel that Beth expects her to show up to take care of me.
"And Bob, Francie's husband in Heaven, expects me to be a man and a gentleman and so I am.
"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.
"We console each other but we also know that we have a responsibility and that is to do this right.
"There are a lot of people watching us.
"But throughout the coronavirus which is affecting us all right now, love is prevailing. And that's how we feel."
But he added: "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."
Dog admitted it is bittersweet moving on from Beth, who he was with for nearly 30 years before she lost her battle with lung cancer at just 51.
And while he is adamant that no woman will ever replace her – when asked if he thinks he'll marry Francie, he said: "There will never be another Mrs Dog but it looks like there will be a final Mrs Chapman."
Dog's relationship with Francie comes after he was rumored to be dating Moon Angell, an employee and friend of Beth's.
Daughters Lyssa and Cecily hit out at the relationship both publicly and privately, claiming Moon had moved in too fast on their dad.
Rainy, who was Beth's best friend, claimed that Beth had warned the family about Moon's intentions.
The whole saga drew wedge between Dog and his kids – and it's only now that they are all back on speaking terms. Dog, however, insists he was never in an actual "relationship" with Moon.
"Moon and I were not 'in a relationship' and I tried to prove that and it really hurt Moon's feelings, and she's the one that took the beating over it," he said.
"Those girls really put me in the ground over the whole thing, I have a lot of followers on my accounts but those girls beat me – Round 1! I don't want to mess with them.
"The boys are more like 'We love you dad whatever you want to do' but the girls are like 'Oh no you don't'. They keep me in check.
"But what's important now is that my family, my close family, every single one of the kids and grandkids, approve of Francie and that makes a huge difference."
Daughter Lyssa, 32, has already given her blessing – telling The Sun she believes her stepmom Beth sent Francie to take care of her dad.
"They are both so happy together and they are good for each other," she said.
"Francie has been very respectful to all the kids – and to Beth's memory – and my dad is the same way with Bob and their children.
"They go to church three times a week and dad is trying to give up smoking – she is a good woman for my dad.
"He's the happiest I've seen him in a long time – he's so in love and wants to spend the rest of his life with Francie."
"They are both lost their spouses to cancer so they know what it's like to go through that and they are helping each other through it.
"But at the same time they are being very respectful of each other's grieving process and they're not trying to replace each other's partner.
"Beth would approve – I honestly believe that Beth sent Francie for my dad – I feel like Beth and Bob are up there watching down over them."