While it has yet to be determined whether the 23-year-old girlfriend of Paul Walker, Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell, will receive a piece of his estate, many are asking whether she is even entitled to any of his $45 million, suggesting that perhaps his daughter, Meadow, should be the rightful person to inherit. However, others point out the fact that she had been in a seven-year-long relationship with Walker–and perhaps was even engaged to him–so it would seem likely that he would wish for her to be taken care of, along with the other most important woman in his life, his daughter.
When Walker first began dating Pilchard-Gosnell, she was just sixteen years old. And, even though the 17-year age difference between the blonde teenager and her beau raised some eyebrows, Walker, who was 33 at the time, does not seem to have been fazed by it. A source at the time was quoted as saying, “Paul is very happy. Their age difference doesn’t scare him. He knows she’s the one.”
It appears he was so happy, in fact, that he may have proposed to her back in 2009 at Christmas. However, a rep quickly denied the report at the time, saying it was “not true.”
While Walker was notoriously private about his personal life, it has been speculated that perhaps her youth was the reason that the news of the engagement was quickly retracted and their marriage plans were put on hold. The OK! report seems to confirm this idea, going on to say that an “insider” had told them he knew that she had things she wanted to do before they married, but that he felt she was worth waiting for. In fact, one of those things that she wanted to achieve may have been her education. Pilchard-Gosnell is currently a college student.
It has been reported that Pilchard-Gosnell first learned of Walker’s death from a friend. She had been at an event for his charity, Reach Out Worldwide, just a short time before the fiery November 30 crash which took his life. Upon hearing the news, she is reported to have collapsed.
Reports indicate that she may have been living with the actor in his Santa Barbara home. Earlier this month, on December 4, she drew quite a bit of media attention when she appeared outside the late actor’s residence hugging friends and sobbing.
While it will probably continue to be debated on the Internet whether Paul Walker’s girlfriend does in fact deserve to inherit any of his money or property, the ultimate arbiters of her fate may be Walker’s parents. They currently have control of his assets and it will be up to them to decide who receives what. If they feel she is entitled to a piece of his estate, then she will most likely get what she wants.
By Nancy Schimelpfening