While there are many who have heard about Chris Kyle’s story through his memoir, American Sniper, and the Clint Eastwood-directed film adaptation, his widow, Taya Kyle, said there is a lot that the public has yet to hear about. They will soon get the chance, though, with the upcoming release of her book, American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith and Renewal.
According to ABC News, Taya Kyle spoke to Robin Roberts for a special edition of 20/20 about the memoir, which examines their relationship from her perspective and also discusses how she handled her husband’s death. The special interview with Kyle will air Friday, May 1, at 10 p.m. on ABC.
When discussing about her decision to release this new memoir, Taya Kyle said her late husband has “earned it.”
“There is so much more to him. It was my chance to share some of that side, too.”
With the release of the American Sniper film, controversy arose in regards to how Chris Kyle was as a person. Kyle was praised for being a hero by conservatives, but he was slammed by liberals such as Michael Moore. As the Inquisitr previously reported, Moore took to Twitter, claiming that “snipers aren’t heroes” in his eyes. Moore’s comments about Chris Kyle resulted in him getting banned from entering Brann’s Steakhouse and Grille in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren’t heroes. And invaders r worse
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 18, 2015
Despite the criticism American Sniper received, it was a success with moviegoers. According to Box Office Mojo, the film, which had Bradley Cooper portraying Chris Kyle, was the highest grossing theatrical release of 2014, earning $348 million in the United States.
Before his death in 2013, Chris Kyle became a father to two children. As Taya Kyle explained, her husband had a “caring heart” for his family.
“You know, I just, I continue to look back and be in awe of how he managed it all so well, honestly. I’ve gotten to experience more of what it’s like to be in great pain and try to manage a family, and he did a great job.”
Even if he had a bad day, Chris Kyle was still happy to come home and be with his kids, his widow added.
“He expected them to look him in his eye, and be polite, and have good manners and do what they’re told. And then he cuddled them, you know. He was always available for hugs and, you know, big hugs and a lot of love.”
More than two years after his death, Taya Kyle still has that feeling that her husband is “everywhere.”
“It’s somewhere in between knowing that we have to move forward and always knowing he’s there.”
American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith and Renewal will hit bookshelves on May 4.
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