Lyssa Rae Brittain is the ex-wife of popular television personality Duane Chapman and the mother of Lyssa Chapman (Baby Lyssa). Lyssa is also known as Big Lyssa and most probably it is to distinguish herself from her daughter Lyssa. She is also an American businesswoman and a housekeeper.
Since there is not much information available about Lyssa, this article is solely be focused on her, ex-husband, children, early life, and where and what she is doing now.
She is a student of the University of Colorado
Born on July 15, 1954, in Denver, Colorado, her zodiac sign is Cancer. She grew up and was raised in Colorado with her family. She went to a local high school in Denver and after graduating from high school, enrolled in the University of Colorado.
She studied business at the University and following her education, she got herself into the business however, later she decided to quit the business and started her domestic duty career.
According to her birth date, she is almost 68 years old now.
Big Lyssa’s first marriage
Many might not know but before marrying Duane, reports have stated that she was married to Assemblies of God minister. Also, Duane met her while she was still married but after sometimes she divorced her husband because of disloyalty.
However, she has not made her first husband’s name public. The two do not have any children together as per the reports.
Lyssa married Duane two weeks before Barbara’s birth
Big Lyssa met Duane for the first time at a bar and soon after they started dating and got married in the mountains of Colorado in 1982. As per the sources, the Native American Chief also performed at the occasion of their wedding.
It is said that they took their marriage decision hastily as their wedding reception took place just two weeks before Barbara (first child of Lyssa and Duane). Barbara Katie Chapman was born on June 8, 1982, but sadly on May 19, 2006, she was killed in a car accident in Fairbanks, Alaska, United States. She was almost 24 years old at the time of her death.
A year after Barbara was born, Lyssa and Duane welcomed their second child Tucker Dee Chapman on September 8, 1983, in Denver. According to the reports, their third child, Nicholas Chapman was born on May 2, 1985, and finally, on June 10, 1987, Big Lyssa gave birth to her daughter Lyssa Chapman (Baby Lyssa).
Lyssa has three grandchildren
Big Lyssa has become the grandmother of three. Her first grandchild Travis Drake-Lee Chapman was born from her late daughter Barbara with her husband Travis Drake-Lee Mimms. As per the reports, Barbara’s son Travis was born in 2002.
Similarly, her other two grandchildren Abbie Mae Chapman and Madalynn Grace Galanti are the children of Baby Lyssa with her ex-husband Brahman Galanti. Abbie was born on June 11, 2002, and Madalynn in 2009.
She was addicted to alcohol
Most of you may not know but Big Lyssa drowned herself with alcohol after she and her husband Duane were divorced. Her daughter Baby Lyssa explained that her mother started drinking alcohol excessively however, she further revealed that she had a more peaceful time with her mother than her father.
Her father Duane married Beth Smith and according to Baby Lyssa, her life with Duane and her step-mom Beth was pretty chaotic as they used to have frequent quarrels as they were used to consuming illegal drugs.
Is Big Lyssa active on social media?
Sorry to disappoint you but Big Lyssa is not active on any social media platforms. As mentioned earlier, she seems to like a private life so as of now we have not found her official social media handles.
On the other hand, her ex-husband Duane and her daughter Baby Lyssa are pretty active on various social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter, and since they are well-known personalities, they have thousands of followers.
Since we’ve talked about Baby Lyssa’s social media, let’s talk something about her. Above can be seen the picture of Baby Lyssa and we can clearly see who she got that beautiful looks from. Isn’t she the spitting image of her mother Lyssa Rae Brittain (Big Lyssa)?
Where is Big Lyssa now?
I’ve written this many times that Lyssa likes to keep her life private and after her divorce from Duane, no media company has ever bothered to make a video or write about her so it’s not clear as to where or what Big Lyssa is doing now.
However, few sources have stated that Lyssa is in the United States living and enjoying her life away from all the media. Since she has a good relationship with all her grandchildren it might be safe that she enjoys her time giving her grandchildren company occasionally.