Dog the Bounty Hunter officially plans to tie the knot. Duane Chapman says he plans to marry his fiancee Francie Fran before the summer ends. Chapman is teasing the wedding after the couple became engaged in 2020.
Fans of the reality star can follow along on social media. Chapman’s fiancee has kept her followers informed as she makes crucial wedding decisions. For instance, Fran has already picked out her wedding dress for the occasion as well. She shared a pic of several dresses last month, writing “Say yes to the dress!”
Their union hasn’t been without controversy. Some have criticized Chapman for getting engaged less than a year after his wife Beth’s death. Beth sadly succumbed to a battle with cancer. Chapman considered Fran to be his rock during the difficult time.
Wedding plans have heated up since 2020. And Chapman now has a date in mind. He stopped by the Two Guys From Hollywood podcast to reveal his wedding date. Rather than keep fans in the dark, Chapman wanted to share his news with the world. But he admitted he might get in trouble for spilling the beans.
The wedding will be Sept. 2, 2021. Previously, Chapman discussed wanting to have a large wedding with everyone invited. He planned to hold the wedding after the COVID-19 pandemic lessened.
“I would love to have the biggest wedding there’s ever been,” Chapman told the Sun. “I’m sorry but that’s just me. I hope I can talk Francie into it and open it to my fans, the ‘Dog Pound,’ to everybody.”
Additionally, Chapman wasn’t quite ready for how much a wedding could cost even though this would be his fifth marriage.
“Man it costs a lot to get married, my God!” he said.
Dog the Bounty Hunter’s Relationship
Dog the Bounty Hunter and Francie Fran bonded over mutual grief. Fran’s husband Bob passed away on Dec. 30, 2018. According to Chapman, Francie came into his life right when he needed her most. The two have been inseparable ever since.
“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,” Duane said. “And I feel that Beth expects her to show up to take care of me. And Bob, Francie’s late husband, expects me to be a man and a gentleman and so I am.”
Chapman believed that Beth would want him to find love again. He said that she would approve of Francie and their relationship.
“I need a partner,” Chapman said. “I’ve said it before. There will never be another Mrs. Dog. There is not. Francie couldn’t do that. There will be a last Mrs. Chapman. If Beth was here, and saw Francie and saw how she was raised, her morality and this and that, Beth would say, ‘Big daddy, don’t lose her.’ “