Finally, some happy news for Madonna Badger. The mother-of-three has eloped with her longtime boyfriend, William Duke, proving that finding happiness after suffering the earth-shattering devastation of losing your children is entirely possible.
Madonna Badger, 50, has tied the knot with her friend and lover, William Duke, three years after the horrific house fire that killed her entire family — including her three young daughters, Lily, 9, Sarah, and Grace, twins, 9. In photos from her surprise wedding, Madonna’s smile can be seen once again just hours before announcing that the couple eloped on Facebook.
Madonna Badger Finds Love Again After 3 Daughters Killed In House Fire
It looks like Madonna is finally going to get her happy ending after all.
Although nothing will ever fill the holes left in her heart from losing her three daughters and her parents on Christmas Day in 2011, it is wonderful to see that Madonna has remembered how to smile.
“We did it! Bill and I eloped today!” Madonna posted on Facebook, much to the excitement of hundreds of loved ones and supporters who “liked” and commented the status update.
Two photos were also posted, and they show Madonna and her new husband, William, posing together on the steps of St. John-St. Matthew-Emanuel Lutheran Church in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Madonna revealed that she and William were engaged in an article she wrote for Vogue in 2013, claiming they would wed in September. Looks like they couldn’t wait any longer.
Congrats, Madonna and William! You definitely deserve the happiness and love that you have found.
Madonna’s Road To Happiness Has Been Very Bumpy
Since the tragic house fire that killed her three daughters and her parents, Lomer and Pauline Johnson, Madonna has given a number of interviews detailing her personal pain.
The fire started when her then-boyfriend, Michael Borcina, the only other survivor, swept out the chimney and put the ashes inside a paper bag. He left the bag into an outside room, but unfortunately once the fire started it ripped through the Victorian home and killed 5 people.
“It’s so hard right now. Last night was the hardest yet. I cried and cried. I couldn’t stop crying,” she told the New York Post on Dec. 22, 2012 — almost one year to the date since the death of her family.
In an attempt to escape the memory of Christmas and the fire, Madonna traveled to Thailand and spent time at an orphanage bonding with young girls.
Then, in Nov. 2013, Madonna was photographed by Vogue for an article she wrote about moving on after experiencing “the unthinkable.” In the emotional article, Madonna details everything she remembers about the night the fire took her entire family, and how she nearly died trying to save them.
Something else that is notable about Madonna’s article, is that when she awoke in a hospital room after the fire there were three people, longtime friends, sitting at her bedside — one of them was Bill, her new husband.
— Lauren Cox