Patton Oswalt and Meredith Salenger should be feeling the love, but instead have been forced to defend their engagement after the news sparked criticism they were engaged too close to the death of Oswalt’s late wife, Michelle McNamera.
Oswalt spoke out in a Facebook post writing, “I expected some bitter grub worms to weigh in (anonymously, always always always) with their much-needed opinions when I announced my engagement last week,” adding “yeah, I felt this rage.”
The post links to an article written by Erica Roman, a 27-year-old windower who lost her husband days after Oswalt lost his wife, came to the defense of the couple after hearing about the criticism surrounding their happy news.
Roman blasts Oswalt’s critics in the article, writing “You aren’t entitled to an opinion. You don’t get to comment on the choices of a widower while you sit happily next to your own living spouse. You didn’t have to stand and watch your mundane morning turn into your absolute worst nightmare.”
And Meredith hasn’t shied away from making her feelings heard either, taking to Twitter to defend her “family unit, while honouring the brilliant gift Michelle has given me.”
McNamara passed away in April 2016 following complications with prescription medications and an undiagnosed heart condition that caused arterial blockages. Her condition was not know to her, or Oswalt while she was alive. The couple were married in 2005 and share a daughter, Alice Rigney, who was 8-years-old when her mother passed away.
Patton, who has been very vocal about his grief (along with many other things as you’ll know if you follow him on his social channels), made his relationship with Salenger in June, attending the Los Angeles premiere of “Baby Driver” together.