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Kimberly Schlapman Defends Patton Oswalt’s Engagement After Wife’s Death

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Kimberly Schlapman has personal experience with the death of a spouse and finding love again. The Little Big Town star appeared on The Talk on July 10 with bandmate Karen Fairchild, and when asked to share thoughts on comedian Patton Oswalt’s recent engagement following the fairly recent death of his wife of 10 years, she offered personal experience.

Many people are criticizing the comedian for being engaged “too quickly” — wife Michelle Eileen McNamara died in April 2016 — but Schlapman came to the table with grace and understanding. Her own first husband died after 14 years of marriage.

“I can speak to this,” she said, telling the audience about her first marriage to Steven Roads, who died in 2005. “Nine months later, I began a spark with an old friend. And one-hundred-percent, I am so sure of this, my new husband was sent to me from heaven from my late husband.”

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“I feel like he was up there saying, ‘she needs somebody to love her, and give her a baby too, ‘cause I she’s always wanted a baby so much,’” she added. “And we got pregnant on our honeymoon.”

Oswalt announced his engagement to actress Meredith Salenger over the weekend.

“Patton, I wish you the greatest love and healing,” Schlapman furthered, directing her attention toward the camera. “I am so happy for you.”

The artist even shared how her friend Fairchild comforted her at the time, telling Schlapman that she will love again and have babies, which she did. She remarried to Stephen Schlapman in 2006 and now has two daughters, one of whom was adopted in early 2017.

Little Big Town have been busy with their residency at the Ryman this year in addition to other appearances on Good Morning America and The Voice. Their most recent single “When Someone Stops Loving You” is a solemn ballad featuring heartfelt vocals from Jimi Westbrook and serves as the third single from their record The Breaker.

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