It looks like grieving comedian Patton Oswalt is finally moving on.
In July, the widower announced that just a year after his wife’s death, he is engaged to actress Meredith Salenger.
Oswalt’s late wife, Michelle McNamara, died in April 2016 after an accidental prescription drug overdose.
Her death left Oswalt a single father to their 7-year-old daughter, Alice.
And, in a new candid interview, it seems like his daughter, Alice, was the one to bridge the gap between loneliness and love.
Talking to Playboy, Oswalt credited Alice as the “one thing” that saved him from falling victim to addiction:
“I’m forever glad that I have Alice. If I hadn’t had a daughter and my wife died, we wouldn’t be talking right now. I’m not saying I would be dead, but I would be a shut-in alcoholic.”
The 48-year-old argued that fatherhood motivated him to continue to live life in the real world, the small mundanities keeping him sane:
“Everything would have shut down. But with Alice, it was and is ‘You got to get up.’ There are mornings when we’re late to school because I’m sad, but I’ve still fucking got to get up. A night when I’ve had maybe one scotch with some friends, I’ll say, ‘That’s it. I’ve got to take her to school tomorrow.’”
Grieving together with his daughter has taught him how to better navigate grief, depression, loneliness, and, surprisingly, love.
Soon after meeting his soon-to-be fiancee via Facebook, Oswalt found hope of a new beginning:
“If I really boil it down, she brings me — and I’ve rarely experienced this with someone — excitement and calm, which sounds contradictory. I’m excited, but because she gives me something that is so secure and calming, I don’t have to question and worry about it.”
From the looks of social media, the unique family of three will push on together, one day at a time.