On Saturday, Duane Chapman – better known as Dog the Bounty Hunter – and his new wife were spotted for the first time since they got married on Thursday.
Chapman and his now sixth wife, Francie Frane, were seen outside of The Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs. The happy couple got hitched in Colorado Springs where they held the wedding and its reception. Evidently, the pair stuck around afterward for their honeymoon in the small town just south of Denver that borders the Rocky Mountains.
Cameras captured Dog the Bounty Hunter enjoying a morning cigarette, which the Daily Mail shared on Sunday. The couple sat outside of their Tuscan-style estate where they’ve been since they tied the knot a few days ago. As the pair begin their lives as husband and wife, they seem to be enjoying their time together relaxing in Colorado. When speaking in a recent interview, he said the couple can’t wait to spend the rest of their lives together.
“This isn’t just a wedding ceremony, it’s going to be a marriage,” Dog the Bounty Hunter told UsWeekly. “I knew Francie was the one almost straight away. And we’re both looking forward to spending the rest of our lives together.”
Dog and Francie have been inseparable ever since they began dating in March 2020. The couple connected 10 months after Chapman’s wife Beth passed away in June 2019 after battling Stage 4 lung cancer. Francie lost her husband as well to cancer six months prior to Beth’s death. The pair helped each other deal with their devastating losses as they formed a special bond.
“We hooked up on the phone and started talking to each other, crying and consoling each other. Then, one thing led to another,” Chapman explained to TMZ in May 2020.
Dog the Bounty Hunter Addresses Claims of Racism
Although the happy couple got hitched a few days ago and are all smiles, Chapman has been surrounded with controversy in recent history. The reality television star is still in the middle of some family drama that has been made very public. Dog the Bounty Hunter has had to defend himself against claims of racism and homophobia. In fact, some of those claims have come directly from his own daughter, Bonnie.
On Wednesday, Entertainment Tonight released an interview with Chapman. While opening up about the family turmoil and subsequent backlash against him, he addressed the claims directly.
“I have never been a racist. I’m 33 1/2 percent Apache,” he said to Entertainment Tonight. He went on to explain that he thought he had a “pass” to use certain slurs, and shared his reasoning for thinking so.
“I thought I had a pass in the Black tribe to use it, kind of like Eminem,” Chapman explained. “I had just gotten out of prison in 1979 after spending 18 months in Texas. And it was probably three-quarters from the Black tribe. So, that was a word that we used back and forth as maybe a compliment. My pass expired for using it, but no one told me that. To say a racist name doesn’t qualify to make you a racist.”