Actor/Comedian Patton Oswalt and his fiancée, actress Meredith Salenger, have responded to those who criticized them for getting engaged 15 months after the death of Patton´s wife, Michelle McNamara.
The Ratatouille actor shared a post, titled “A Widow’s Rage Defense Against Patton Oswalt’s Engagement,” written by Erica Roman, who lost her husband three days before McNamara passed away. Roman congratulated Oswalt on his happy news and told “ignorant, judgement” trolls that they are not entitled to an opinion.
“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. And I decided to ignore them,” Oswalt wrote. “But yeah, I felt this rage. And Erica articulated it better than I could have ever hoped. So there you go. Thank you, Erica.”
Salenger also posted Roman’s article along with a defense of the couple’s engagement.
“Everyone has been so lovely to us… ALL of Michelle’s siblings and friends and family… a few trolls have strong opinions,” she wrote. “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. And most of all… Alice is happy and feels loved.”
“I have waited 47 years to find true love,” she said. “Creating our family unit while honoring the brilliant gift Michelle has given me will be my life’s goal and happiness. I am deeply in love with both Patton and Alice and very much looking forward to a beautiful happy life having adventures together.”
Oswalt’s wife McNamara died in April 2016 due to prescription medications and an undiagnosed heart condition that caused arterial blockages. The couple got married in 2005, and had a daughter, Alice Rigney. Alice was 8 when her mother passed away.
The Emmy winner went public with his relationship with Salenger in June when they attended the L.A. premiere of Baby Driver. Salenger, a Harvard-educated actress, starred in Disney’s The Journey of Natty Gan, at the age of 15. She has a number of TV and film credits and has done voiceover work for Star Wars: The Clone Wars.