Talinda Bennington Finds Love After Linkin Park Frontman's Death, Announces Engagement

 Talinda Bennington
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Talinda Bennington attends The Wonder of Women Summit at UCLA on May 2, 2018 in Los Angeles.  

Talinda Bennington, the widow of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, took to Instagram over the weekend to announce her engagement, two years after Chester’s death.

She wrote the news in a letter addressed to family that mentioned “Michael F.,” her new fiancé and “angel on earth,” and her late husband. “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,” her letter reads.

Talinda Bennington showed her undying love for Chester Bennington in her caption, writing, “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.”

She later wrote in the caption that her “family, friends and Linkin Park brothers” welcome Michael F. into the family, but she also focused on embracing other suicide loss survivors with a universally hopeful message.

“You CAN be happy again. You CAN have space in your heart for grief, joy, happiness, sadness, and love,” Bennington said in her post.

The late Linkin Park singer died by suicide July 20, 2017, at age 41 after battling with substance abuse and depression. In the months following his death, Talinda Bennington created 320 Changes Direction, a resource for friends and family members of those suffering emotionally who want to know more about and discuss mental health and illness. She told Billboard in October 2018, “There are a lot of things happening to make it OK to talk about it. I’m just sad we had to endure the loss of so many to get to this point.”

Read the entire letter below.

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