Isn’t this what true love looks like? Legend Pat Boone, who has spend decades as part of the entertainment industry as a singer, composer, actor, motivational speaker, and a TV personality, speaks of the loss of his wife of 65 years and just how much he still misses her.
Spending that many years with the same person must feel special, and Pat was lucky enough to find his soulmate. Sadly, his beloved wife Shirley Lee Foley, daughter of country music star Red Foley, died in 2019 at the age of 84.
The two got married when Pat was 19 years old, and the rest is history.
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A year after he tied the knot, Pat’s career took off. His version of Fats Domino’s “Ain’t That a Shame” put him under the limelight. When he turned 23, Pat got his own show, The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom, which aired on ABC every week for 115 episodes until 1960.
Even that young, Pat had a lot to be proud of.
Pat appeared in several popular films, including April Love (1957), the science-fiction movie Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959), and the musical State Fair (1962), in which he starred with fellow teen idols Bobby Darin and Ann-Margret.
Pat and Shirley had four daughters together whom they raised as they both had very successful careers. Shirley worked both as an actress and an assistant director.
“Not many people in this crazy business stay married to one person for 65 years, but Shirley went to Heaven ahead of me last year and I’m on my own now,” Pat said talking to The Christian Post.
Pat confesses that he’s still grieving for the love of his life. The ‘50s star lives in the same Beverly Hills, California, home the couple purchased together in 1960. “I’m living here alone with a housekeeper and my dog, a little cocker spaniel,” he told Closer Weekly. “Shadow is his name.”
Pat’s love for Shirley and his words describing her and his life after her touched millions of hearts.
“We lived a wonderful, blessed life together for 65 years. I’ve parted with my better half for a little while … but we don’t die, we just move on to another place, and today was moving day. She’s changed her address is all and moved to a different mansion that I expect to join her in one day.”
Take a look at the touching and inspirational video of Pat revealing his feeling below.