Duane “Dog” Chapman and fiancé Francie Frane are officially married.
The couple tied the knot Thursday in Colorado, after meeting by chance last year and connecting over the loss of their respective spouses. Beth Chapman, Dog’s wife of 13 years, passed away from cancer in June 2019, while Francie lost her husband Bob six months earlier, also to cancer.
The wedding took place at an estate called The Pinery At The Hill.
Days before Dog and Francie’s wedding, the couple told ET they planned to recite their own vows while honoring their late spouses.
“We have been doing that all along,” Francie said. “We have done that privately, and in our vows, we will be honoring them. We honor them all the time. And so we will continue to do that throughout their lives. Throughout our life together, we will continue to do that. They will be a part of that always.”
While Dog promised his and Francie’s big day would be “the celebrity wedding of 2021,” the event wasn’t without controversy, as Dog’s daughters Cecily and Bonnie didn’t receive an invite to the nuptials.
According to Bonnie, she was excluded from her dad’s wedding due to her support of the Black Lives Matter movement, alleging that her father is homophobic and racist– the latter referring to a 2007 phone call in which Dog used the N-word six times while arguing with his son.
Dog denied his daughter’s claims and accused her of being “brainwashed.”
“She’s been fed what to say,” he said. “I have three men on my staff that are gay. My daughter is gay, Baby Lyssa. I don’t understand why anybody would ever say that. Would I die for a gay man or a Black man? I would lay down my life.”
He later told Us Weekly that Cecily and Bonnie weren’t invited because “they’ve fallen in with a bad crowd and are working with the wrong people — I know because I’ve not only had dealings with them, but arrested them myself previously. This is exactly why we had to exclude them.”
“They’ve fallen in with a bad crowd and are working with the wrong people — I know because I’ve not only had dealings with them, but arrested them myself previously,” he told Us. “This is exactly why we had to exclude them.”
As for his previous use of the N-word, Dog told ET he thought he was permitted to use the slur, “kind of like Eminem.”
“I thought I had a pass in the Black tribe to use it,” he said, using “tribe” to describe the former inmates he met while imprisoned in 1979.
Dog said the racial slur was “used back and forth” in prison “as maybe a compliment,” and while he acknowledged the word is not acceptable to use, he doesn’t believe his use of it in 2007 makes him a racist.
“My pass expired for using it, but no one told me that,” he said. “To say a racist name doesn’t qualify to make you a racist.”
As for Dog and Francie choosing not to invite Bonnie to their wedding, Francie said it was “heartbreaking,” but ultimately a decision they had to make.
“We’ve been through hell – him and I – in the past three years,” she added. ” … And I am not going to allow our day to be ruined by this nonsense.”