Madonna Badger remarries
Some happy news for a woman who lost her three daughters and parents in a tragic fire back in 2011.
Madonna Badger announced on Facebook Tuesday she'd tied the knot with longtime friend Bill Duke, writing: "We did it! Bill and I eloped today!" And the post was almost immediately flooded with congratulations, well wishes and other kind messages from both friends and strangers.
Fifty-year-old Badger first revealed her engagement to 61-year-old Duke - a longtime friend - in a piece she wrote for Vogue back in November about her recovery from the horrific fire. "Bill Duke was one of the three men at the side of my bed when I woke up in the hospital on that Christmas morning. ... One day he asked me out and I said yes. Recently he asked me to marry him, and I said yes to that, too."
According to CNN, Badger lost her 7-year-old twins, Grace and Sarah, her 9-year-old daughter, Lily, and both her parents when her Connecticut home caught fire on Christmas Day 2011. WTNH reports Badger and her boyfriend at the time were the only two who survived the blaze. They later broke up.
Badger says she credits her recovery to several months of support from her friends, doctors and therapists. And ever since, she's been sharing with others the important lessons she learned through the tragedy.
She recently penned an open letter to a 15-year-old girl whose parents and siblings were killed in a Texas shooting. Posted on NBC's website, the letter reads: "Try to let the love all around you in ... and little by little you will feel a tiny bit better. And that's all there is. LOVE."
And as the New York Post reported, on the first anniversary of the fire, she volunteered at an orphanage in Thailand and brought a bag of her daughters' toys with her. Badger and her ex-husband continue to honor their daughters' memories through the Lily Sarah Grace Fund, which helps bring art into public schools.