‘You can find love after tragedy‘ Chester Bennington’s widow Talinda announces engagement two years after husband’s death

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  • Talinda, who sadly lost her husband Chester Bennington two years ago, has revealed she is engaged to her new partner.

    The 42-year-old took to her Instagram to share the happy news to her followers, where she wrote a poignant post mentioning her painful loss and finding love again.

    The statement read: ‘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.’

    Talinda went on to say that she will continue to honour Chester’s memory, who took his own life. Since his death, she has become a mental health activist and launched the mental health awareness organisation 320 Changes Direction.

    ‘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 vein [sic]’, she added.

    ‘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.’

    According to TMZ, Michael is a Los Angeles County firefighter.

    Alongside the post, she wrote in the caption: ‘Your heart expands with love. It doesn’t shrink or push out those that have already taken root. I will always love my husband, Chester. And I will keep honoring him by living MY life. A life of love and happiness. Because that’s what he would want for me. xo T’.

    Talinda’s fans and followers were quick to comment and send her congratulatory messages.

    One said: ‘I am so so happy for you. What a great example you are! Thank you for sharing!!’

    Another wrote: ‘You deserve to be happy. I wish you all the best!’

    Chester and Talinda tied the knot in 2006, and had three children together – 13-year-old Tyler and seven-year-old twins Lilly and Lila.