Patrick Duffy sees Linda Purl as the “gift that COVID gave [him]”.
The 71-year-old actor started dating Linda, 65, during the coronavirus lockdown earlier this year, and he admits that their romance evolved amid a unique set of circumstances.
Patrick said: “That’s the gift that COVID gave me – Linda Purl is the lady in my life.”
The actor’s wife Carlyn Rosser died almost four years ago from a heart attack, and he wasn’t actively looking for a relationship when he was reintroduced to Linda.
However, he’s now convinced that their burgeoning romance is the result of “fate”.
Patrick – who was married to Carlyn from 1974 until her death in 2017 – told ‘Extra’: “I wasn’t looking for it. I didn’t feel I needed it … and then fate just went ‘swoosh!’ and changed the perspective.
“We started texting and then FaceTiming and then Zooming … We did a two-to-three-hour Zoom every single night … You get to know somebody really well when you do that.”
The actor – who played Bobby Ewing in ‘Dallas’ – loved chatting to Linda during the lockdown, and once restrictions were eased, he wasted no time in rushing to see her.
He shared: “At the end of those two and half months, we were feeling a little different than just casual friendship, so I packed up my car, I drove 20 hours, and I was on her doorstep.
“I asked permission if I could kiss her, and we’ve been together ever since.”
Patrick previously admitted that his romance with Linda came as a complete surprise.
The actor explained that after his wife’s death in 2017, he never imagined he’d fall in love again.
He confessed: “I never thought for a minute this would happen again. I never thought I’d feel this way again.”