AceShowbiz - Duane Chapman a.k.a. Dog the Bounty Hunter isn't going to stay single forever after his wife Beth Chapman passed away. Two months after Beth died of cancer, the reality TV star admits that he's feeling lonely and plans to date.
"I have to have the companionship. I don't do single s**t," the 66-year-old bounty hunter told Us Weekly. Saying that he doesn't "like the word widower," Dog ruled out marrying again though and revealed a deal that he made with his wife before her passing.
"There will never be another Mrs. Dog," he said during the interview conducted on Wednesday, August 28. "We both said, 'If I die, you can have a man. 10 [men], I don't care. But don't marry one.' ... And she said, 'Don't take my name off your chest, Dog. Do not get married.' ... Don't worry, I will not get married. I still put the pillows in the middle of the bed. This morning I thought she was still there."
Sharing similar things to PEOPLE, Dog said when asked if he would pursue another relationship. "I probably will do that, and I told her that," he admitted, jokingly adding, "Unless she haunts me."
"What deal we said is I will never take 'Beth' off my chest, I have her name here. And I will never get married," he continued. "And she said to me, 'We are human, okay?' And probably the same thing I'd say to her: 'I know you're gonna have a boyfriend, I hope you have 10, but don't go fricking marry one, and say those words. Don't you dare do that.' I would say that, and she did say that to me."
Dog, however, may need to wait a little much longer before he starts dating again. The "Dog's Most Wanted" star reveals his kids are not ready to see their dad moving on with another woman. "And I'm trying to tell them, I don't know I can't rent one you guys, I don't know what to say," he joked of a possible new girlfriend. "But right now, they are like 'dad!' "
As to how he copes with the absence of his wife, Dog said he's found comfort in music, as well as "being not alone, with friends and family."
Talking about how their children reacted to the tragic loss, Dog revealed, "Each one copes differently, there is a few that really barely making it. We don't know what to do. We haven't read, we weren't prepared."
He went on sharing, "I lost my mother first, and when my mom passed away, I'm like, 'I wish dad would have died first, you know, 'cause I love my mommy.' So I went to them and said, 'I'm so sorry that I didn't die first and mom did.' "
Dog and Beth's daughter Bonnie Chapman previously lashed out at reports saying that her father was on a date with a mystery woman, who turns out to be a crew member of his WGN show, in Los Angeles. "Pissed on my father's behalf that he can't go on a business dinner without someone speculating he's on a date," she wrote on August 11 via Instagram Story. "Leave our family alone please. Leave my father alone, let him try to continue our business in peace."