Patrick Swayze’s widow Lisa Niemi is dating for the first time since losing her husband to pancreatic cancer in 2009. She is seeing a jeweler she met at her own birthday celebration.
According to a report from People.com, a rep for Niemi confirms that she is dating Albert DePrisco, and that she met the jeweler via a mutual friend.
Lisa Niemi fought as hard as her late husband to prolong the Dirty Dancing star’s life. She was by his side for his entire battle with pancreatic cancer. Theirs was a love story that started as teenagers and ran the length of their life together. Some wondered if Lisa would ever date again.
Since Swayze’s death, Niemi has honored her late husband several times, most recently through the unveiling of a wax sculpture in his likeness last fall.
“It became clear to me that someone had put a lot of love into this, for a man I loved so very much,” she said at the unveiling.
Those who knew Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi are no doubt happy to learn that she’s dating again. And while no one has yet mentioned love or commitment, it’s refreshing to see that her pain has eased to the point that she is at least considering letting someone else into it.
While she’ll likely never find the same kind of love she shared with the Dirty Dancing star, that certainly doesn’t mean she can’t find love again.
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