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Considering everything Patton Oswalt has gone through since the devastating, sudden death of his wife Michelle McNamara in April 2016, it’s amazing how well he came out of the depths of despair. In spite of all the anger and bitterness and grief, he has bounced back — not just for his daughter Alice, but for himself, as Patton managed to find love once again, with Meredith Salenger. The couple surprised just about everyone by getting engaged a month after first going public with their relationship this past June.

Since we were still associating Oswalt with grief, his relationship with Salenger seemed to come out of nowhere. But Patton and Meredith couldn’t be more confident in their whirlwind romance. Oswalt sat down with Playboy,–and for those who think his relationship with Salenger is unhealthy–maybe you need to read what he has to say before judging.

“My fiancée and I started talking February 28, through Facebook,” he told Playboy, explaining they have friends in common, so that’s how they began messaging. “It just turned into every night for three months — February through May. We would talk about everything, writing these short novels to each other every night.”

He continued: “It wasn’t like I met this person and there was some thunderbolt. During that time, we never even spoke, never met face-to-face. We had conversations about books and philosophies and what love means and what loyalty and death are. We talked all about Michelle and what I was going through and the stuff that Meredith has gone through. We didn’t meet face-to-face until May 20.”

Hi. I’m happy.

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And that’s when the thunderbolt happened, because upon meeting, the two felt like they had known each other for years.

“It was as if I had known this person since we were teenagers and we both had unrequited crushes since we were 14 and now it was finally crashing together,” he described, adding that Meredith brings him “excitement and calm” and gives him “something that is so secure and calming.”

Oswalt adds that it was Michelle who changed the way he was and helped him grow, maybe even readied him, so much so that if it hadn’t been for her, he “would never have deserved Meredith. With Meredith, I have a mind I can play with again.”

Find us a person who speaks of us the way Patton does about Meredith and they’ll have us forever. The way he expresses himself, how in touch he is with his emotions, it’s a beautiful thing. After what he’s been through, we couldn’t be happier for him and Meredith and Alice. This family deserves nothing but the best.