Taya Kyle, the widow of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, admitted she had to muster the energy to attend the 2015 Oscars so she could represent the Oscar-nominated film, her husband and veteran families.
On the red carpet, Taya look fabulous in a green gown, clutching her husband's dog tags. She held back tears when she spoke with ABC’s Robin Roberts.
Taya said that Chris would be “really happy that so much healing is happening,” and that military families were “healing with this movie.” She also said actor Bradley Cooper, who played the sniper, “absolutely got it right.”
In a candid Facebook post earlier in the day, Taya wrote, “So, I am always real with you. Today is no different... I am on a balcony trying to get some fresh air and taking advice of friends to just breathe. I have a pounding headache and woke up from intermittently sleeping and having nightmares about the evils of the world.”
She continued, “I wanted to support everyone who made this movie representing real veteran families, but I didn't think I had the energy to show up at the Oscars, let alone be presentable. So, I find myself in a surreal position... like Cinderella who scrubs the floors but has a fairy Godmother (Warner Brothers) who got me on a plane and had a dress and jewelry and even the shoes and spanx waiting for me...”
“And so it is. I am here,” Taya added. “To represent my husband, military families and the beautiful people who put more than they had to make this movie happen. I have a red eye flight scheduled to get me back for the trial on Monday morning.”
[photo: Taya Kyle catching her flight/Splash News]
Taya has been giving testimony in the trial of ex-Marine Eddie Ray Routh, who is accused of killing Chris and another veteran on a shooting range.