Duane “Dog” Chapman and his late wife Beth’s daughter Bonnie is clearing up any speculation about her father dating again after the death of her mother in June.
Duane was snapped having dinner and sharing a laugh with a woman at an Italian restaurant over the weekend in Los Angeles, leading some to assume he was on a date. But 20-year-old Bonnie took to her Instagram Stories on Sunday to slam the rumours and explained that 66-year-old Duane works with the woman, and that it wasn’t actually just the two of them having dinner together.
“Pissed on my father’s behalf that he can’t go on a business dinner without someone speculating he’s on a date,” she wrote. “Leave our family alone please. Leave my father alone, let him try to continue our business in peace.”
“If you really wanna know who she is, she’s a member of our crew, and dad was out with 8 other people at that dinner,” she added in another post.
In addition, a source tells ET that there were eight people at the business dinner including sound and cameramen from the family’s TV show, “Dog’s Most Wanted”. The source says the woman in question is a good friend of Duane and Beth.
“She’s known the family for years,” the source says. “This is not some secret hookup.”
“I haven’t gotten past the place where I’m [not] putting a pillow where she was and covering it up,” Duane told ET. “And then I wake up in the middle of the night and I see her and it doesn’t register that [it] ain’t her. I’m still there.”
He noted that Beth didn’t want him to date anybody else.
“For two to three years, she knew [her death] might happen,” he said. “So she would say, ‘Who is going to sit next to you?’ And I said, ‘No one.’ ‘Big Daddy, you better not let another girl take my place.’ I said, ‘I won’t.'”
ET also spoke to Bonnie, who talked about what she learned from her late mother.
“I’m definitely going to take away how determined and how passionate she was,” Bonnie shared. “I’ve started to see myself blossom into a mini Beth, and I’m really glad I could take away her ferocity, just take away so much from her, and I feel like I’m so blessed to have her in my life. And she’s not here right now but I’m definitely going to miss her laugh — that’s something that when it did come, it was like bells, and it really made the whole family happy.”
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