After the tragic loss of his wife of 11 years, Patton Oswalt is engaged — to actress Meredith Salenger.
Unsurprisingly, social media is full of opinions about the engagement. Some posts, the comedian and actor pointed out, were even scathing, calling the pairing premature.
Oswalt, 48, lost his wife Michelle McNamara on April 21, 2016. She died in her sleep due to a previously undiagnosed heart condition and prescribed medication. The two shared a child, Alice, 8.
In response to the negativity, the outspoken comic resorted to reposting a fellow griever’s blog, according to E! News.
Get to know Patton Oswalt’s fiancée, Meredith Salenger
Oswalt, famous for his roles in “King of Queens,” “Ratatouille” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” called out the virtual haters by labeling them “bitter grub worms.”
He took to Facebook to share the blog entitled “A Widow’s Rage Defense Against Patton Oswalt’s Engagement,” written by widow Erica Roman. The blogger lost her husband just days before Oswalt lost his significant other. She also found out she was pregnant after he’d died.
In her post, Roman condemns internet trolls by saying, “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.”
She then described the horror of living through such devastation.
Patton Oswalt engaged to actress Meredith Salenger
“Go back to scrolling Facebook and keep your ignorance to yourself,” she concluded.
Oswalt thanked Roman for her words, writing, “This is so amazing. And SO well-written. 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. I decided to ignore them.”
He continued: “But yeah, I felt this rage. And Erica articulated it better than I could have ever hoped. So there you go. Thank you, Erica.”
Oswalt’s fiancée, Salenger, 47, known for her roles in “The Journey of Natty Gann” and “Dream a Little Dream,” opted for positivity in her post, writing, “Everyone has been so lovely to us…all of Patton’s family…ALL of Michelle’s siblings and family and friends…a few trolls have strong opinions.”
She added, “But I think for Patton having met and found love after over a year of intense therapy and openly grieving and dealing with his pain…I am grateful to be the one who helps him climb out of the depths of grief and find some joy again.”
She was also grateful about her budding relationship with Oswalt’s daughter, Alice. “Most of all…Alice is happy and feels loved. I have waited 47 years to find true love. Creating our family unit while honoring the brilliant gift Michelle has given me will be my life’s goal and happiness.”
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