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.
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 ** I absolutely did NOT get engaged in Nov of 2017!!! Please stop listening to someone who no longer knows me or MY family and is desperately trying to stay relevant.