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Chester Bennington's Widow Talinda Announces Engagement

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Chester Bennington's Widow Talinda Announces Engagement

Chester Bennington's widow Talinda has announced her engagement.

The 42-year-old shared the happy news on social media, saying her new fiancé has been welcomed into the family.

In a post to Instagram she wrote: "I am overjoyed to announce my engagement to my angel on earth. Michael F. I am here to tell you that you can find love after tragedy. That a death of a soulmate does not mean the death of you.

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"My family, friends, and my Linkin Park brothers welcome him to the family with open arms. I will continue to honour Chester and continue my life's mission to make his passing not in vain.

"To all suicide loss survivors, you CAN be happy again. You CAN have space in your heart for grief, joy, happiness, sadness and love. Thank you for ALL your continued love and support. Talinda."

Chester took his own life on 20 July 2017 and was survived by Talinda - to whom he had been married for 11 years - and his six children.

After sharing her good news on Instagram, Talinda has been flooded with well-wishes from fans.

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Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda also commented his congratulations, posting: "I've already congratulated you both in person, but congrats again, ha! All our love and support!"

Mike's wife Anna added: "I am so very happy for you and Michael! I've watched you go from being paralysed with grief, to honouring that grief by using it to change the way we view mental health, to honouring life and allowing yourself to love and be loved again.

"When it comes to emotion, our hearts are wonderful organs indeed, expanding and allowing new love to exist in the same place as the deep ache of grief.

"I cannot wait to celebrate on your wedding day with you."

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Talinda and Chester were married for 11 years. Credit: PA
Talinda and Chester were married for 11 years. Credit: PA

Her new fiance keeps out of the limelight, however, he is reportedly a firefighter.

Following the tragic death of Chester, Talinda has thrown herself into raising awareness of mental health issues and launched the organisation 320 Changes Direction.

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Next week she will be meeting with the World Health Organisation to mark World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram

Topics: Celebrity, Music

Claire Reid
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