Welcome to the family, Meredith! Comedian Patton Oswalt is engaged to actress Meredith Salenger.
The future bride confirmed the news via Instagram on Thursday, July 6, alongside a sweet photo from Oswalt’s proposal. “It’s official. I’m the luckiest happiest girl in the universe!!!!” she expressed. “I love you @pattonoswalt I love you Alice Oswalt! #YesYesYes.”
Oswalt shared his 8-year-old daughter, Alice, with his late wife Michelle McNamara, who passed away suddenly in her sleep in April 2016. McNamara and Oswalt were married since 2005, and following her death, the star publicly opened up about the mourning process.
On the one-year anniversary of McNamara’s death, Oswalt shared a tribute explaining why he had chosen to remove his wedding ring, symbolically accepting that life must move forward without his late wife. “I’m one year into this new life—one I never even imagined, and I can imagine some pretty pessimistic and dark contingencies, some stomach-freezing ‘what ifs,’” he wrote on Facebook. “But not this one… Last night I took off my wedding ring. I couldn’t bear removing it since April 21st, 2016. But now it felt obscene. That anonymous poem about the man mourning his dead lover for a year and a day, for craving a kiss from her ‘clay cold lips.’ I was inviting more darkness. Removing the ring was removing the last symbol of denial of who I was now, and what my life is, and what my responsibilities are.”
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The comic and Salenger were first introduced to each other through a mutual friend. Salenger hinted at the engagement news on Wednesday with an Instagram post. “Once upon a time… in 2008… at my friend’s wedding… I caught the bouquet…” she wrote. “#fairytalesdoexist.”