When Tiffany Thornton’s husband died in a fatal car accident three years ago, the former Disney star said she had no idea how she would survive the ordeal but knew God had a plan.

As previously reported by E! News, Chris Carney, a former member of the rock band The Prom Kings, was killed when his vehicle crashed head-on into a tree.

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It's been 3 years since this photo was taken. How does time go by so quickly? Strange, though, how in the days after chris passed, time seemed to go so slowly, like molasses from a tree. I had no idea what God's plan was going to be. I felt like I had no purpose other than being a mom. I was no longer on tv. No longer fighting for a marriage to succeed. No longer falling asleep next to my best friend. All I had was a deep desire to live fully abandoned to whatever God's purpose was for my boys and I. I didn't know if that would keep me in Texas, move me back to California, push me to Arkansas. But I knew WHO held my future and I leaned on that for comfort. Also knowing Chris was watching over us from above and would give me signs of what to do. And that he did. I'm grateful for a God who turns all the worst things into beauty over time. I'll never stop missing Christopher and I'll never stop reminding our boys of the beauty that their daddy was. But I also won't let tragedy consume our lives. We will carry on Chris' testimony through how we live, how we love, how we persevere. For anyone who has lost a loved one I am specifically praying for you today. The road isn't the easiest but it can be beautiful even in the midst of the hard parts. Pray for signs and miracles. God sure brought us the best one in @jotheshow and I know Chris is smiling down from above. #thinkingofyou

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Commenting on her first husband’s untimely death on Instagram, Thornton said she lost her sense of purpose after the single-car accident took the life of her best friend. She wrote:

I was no longer on tv. No longer fighting for a marriage to succeed. No longer falling asleep next to my best friend.

Then two years after Carney’s passing at 35, Thornton began a new life with worship pastor Josiah Capaci. Some fans criticized her for moving on too soon, reports E!.

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This. This is love. That all encompassing, enduring, accepting, near perfect love. The kind that trumps my need to snap back at people who have the audacity to comment on my Instagram about whether I loved my first husband or not. But let me take a moment to explain something to you. There is no timeline for grief or for when God moves in your life in undeniable ways. There are a lot of people who think it isn't good to be transparent on social media but I say forget that. I'm going to be open and honest because God wants me to. It's part of my testimony and it needs to be said. I was a mess yesterday during our wedding ceremony. So many emotions flooded my heart as I walked down those balcony steps to the arms of my gift from God. I thought of Chris watching us and knowing he would have loved the choice I made, for me and for the boys. I thought of Chris's amazing parents sitting front row and how much of a blessing they have been and will forever be in our lives. How happy they are for the boys and I and how much they already love Josiah. I am so completely humbled by the love I receive from this man. Jo came along EXACTLY when God knew I needed him. It wasn't my choice to fall in love so quickly after chris passed but I was growing so comfortable with being alone that it was becoming unhealthy. Looking back now I think God saw that if I went too long without love that it would become increasingly difficult for me to submit to the authority of a husband after being set in my own ways. When I say "Jo is the greatest thing that's ever happened to me" that in no way indicates that I didn't love my first husband with all that I had. How dare any one of you judge me and say that on a social platform. It doesn't make you any better of a person to cast judgment on others and sit in the seat of mockers. I will always love chris and jo knows that. And I will always love Jo. The beautiful thing about love is that it multiplies as new blessings come into your life. I don't have to share one bucket of love with the special people in my life. Each one has their own bucket. Get it? Isn't that amazing?? God's timing is not our own. And I praise Him for that. You should too.

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Convinced that Carney wouldn’t want her life consumed by tragedy, Thornton defended her decision to marry Capaci.

Back in October 2017, she opened up about her second marriage and took time to explain her new relationship to her fans. She wrote:

There is no timeline for grief or for when God moves in your life in undeniable ways …

It wasn’t my choice to fall in love so quickly after Chris passed but I was growing so comfortable with being alone that it was becoming unhealthy…

When I say ‘Jo is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me’ that in no way indicates that I didn’t love my first husband with all that I had.

Some fans praised Thornton for the honest post and said her transparency about rebuilding her life after heartbreak was refreshing.

The 32-year-old later announced in May that she and her husband were expecting a baby girl, reports People.

On Friday, Thorton shared more happy news on Instagram. The actress shared a picture of herself holding newborn daughter Juliet Joy, as the Arkansas-based pastor stood near her bedside.

According to E!, Thornton said her sons, Kenneth James, 6, and Bentley Cash, 4, from her first marriage, now have a “new best friend.”

The mom of three wrote on Instagram:

Juliet Joy Capaci is here and we are over the moon in love already. She was born at 2:30pm, weighed 8 pounds 5 ounces with dark curly hair and is so cute and squishy already. What a blessing it is to be entrusted by God with this precious little miracle. Thank you everyone for your prayers!!

Her first daughter, Juliet was born at 2:30 pm on November 9, weighing 8 pounds 5 ounces.

About the author

Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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9 Replies to “Disney Star’s First Husband Passed Away in Fatal Crash— 3 Years Later She Welcomes First Child With New Love”

  • Pam Burton 2 years ago

    No one who hasn’t been through it has any idea what it’s like after a spouse dies! You should trust your friend or relative to know what he/she is doing…

  • Vickie 2 years ago

    What a testimony. Praise God for wonderful souls such as yourself. So saddened to hear of your tragedy with Chris but I’m glad you were able to love again and share that wonderful heart of yours with someone else. Your family is beautiful and I know that your first husband is smiling down on you today. I commend you. ♥️?

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I wish you a very long and beautiful marriage. You deserve that with all the heart ache you been through. God bless❤️?

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    How awesome for you! I’m seriously inspired by your story. I love ❤️ that everyone has there own bucket analogy. It’s exactly how I feel…. just didn’t know how to put it into words that made sense! Thank you for a beautiful story.

  • donna beem 2 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your sweet and inspiring story. God is so wonderful and He knows what’s best for us each step of the way with our journey in life! I’m so happy He brought you through this deep sorrow and loneliness and brought someone in your life to complete your purpose in life! And a special little bundle of joy! I’m also a widow and I also know the deep pain and anguish you feel when your loved one has to depart and go Home to Heaven..Grief is different for everyone and it’s always with you..no matter what anyone says..God has a purpose for us all..Sometimes I feel I miss having someone and sometimes I’m not sure if I’m ready yet to be in that special situation again..but I leave it in God’s hands for His plans for us are best! God bless you!

  • Dana LeRow 2 years ago

    Absolutely Beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing your love and story!!! GOD is truly amazing!! I myself have a hard time trusting GOD sometimes. But GOD is truly WONDERFUL!!! I just wanted to say I love your story and words of strength and honesty!!! Thank you so much for sharing your post!! MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR BEAUTIFUL FAMILY!!!

  • Kari Taylor 2 years ago

    Thank God that after 3 years of your loss you found love again! I am going on 11 years losing my husband my best friend and I still have nit found love again. I am ready but just not have found that someone special for me again.

  • DeeAnn Fodor 2 years ago

    God Blessed You!! I grieved unhealthy for 7 years after losing my husband, I felt I had no purpose after he died, my son and daughter were grown…we all have to endure whatever is in store for us, life is uncertain and judgement of others is a foolish act. Everyone of us can be in this position at any given moment, when we least expect it. Miracles do happen, right?

  • Sue 2 years ago

    So happy for them and glad she shared her story In 1978 we lost my 29 year old brother to cancer. He and his wife had a 5 yr old girl &4yr old boy. She remarried 13 months later to a man I think of as a brother and I introduce as my brother in law as he married my “sister” which is what she became when my brother married her. They are now grandparents to 2 sets of twins who love their Pa, which is what they call him, above all else. I know my brother smiles down from heaven to see them all happy.

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