Tulsi Gabbard made history when she became the first Hindu member of Congress and also the first Samoan-American voting member of Congress. But Gabbard has not always had the easiest path to the senate. A shy kid during her high school years, Gabbard is a former military officer and is against military intervention and America’s role as a police officer. But despite her love for the military, Gabbard has been haunted by her time in the army. It was during her deployment to Iraq that Gabbard’s relationship with her then-husband, Eduardo Tamayo stretched ultimately leading to the pair’s divorce. But for all his early association with Gabbard, not much is known about Tamayo. So, for this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Eduardo Tamayo.
Bits and pieces:
Eduardo Tamayo is believed to have been born in 1981 in Hawaii, U.S. Not much is known about Tamayo’s early life and details on his parents were never revealed to the media. While there is no concrete proof about his family members, several articles report that Tamayo has an uncle, Toby Tamayo, in the Philippines who is also a yoga guru. It was later revealed that Toby’s father, Tamayo’s grandfather, might have been Philippine Gen. Antonio Tamayo, a World War II veteran who survived the horrific Bataan Death March. If proved true, then it is safe to say that Gabbard is not the only person with military associations in the family.
Not much is known about Tamayo’s education and details on his career continue to remain a mystery. When he was together with Gabbard, it was reported that Tamayo was self-employed. But details on Tamayo’s business remain a secret.
Relationship with Gabbard and Marriage:
Tulis Gabbard and Eduardo Tamayo have known each other for all their lives. If the tabloids are to be believed, the pair are childhood friends and have known each other since elementary schools. Regardless, the pair tied the knot when Gabbard was 21. The ceremony was held in 2002 in front of a justice of the peace and a few family members. Talking about her first wedding Gabbard revealed,
“I was more into martial arts than Barbie dolls, so it never crossed my mind to think about what kind of wedding I wanted to have.”
Deployment and Divorce:
In April of 2003, a year after her marriage, Gabbard enlisted in the Hawaii Army National Guard. In July of 2004, she was deployed for a 12-month tour in Iraq, where she served as a specialist with the Medical Company, 29th Support Battalion, and 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Her tour ended in 2005 and a year later, she was preparing for divorce. The deployment was hard on Tamayo. Even though the marriage broke in 2006, Gabbard still continued using Tamayo as her last name. However, she made the switch to Gabbard in 2010 and wrote a letter to all involved, which read,
“As you may know, my husband and I divorced a few years ago, shortly after I returned home from an 18-month long Iraq deployment with the Hawai’i Army National Guard. The deployment was very hard on my husband, and on our marriage. Sadly, Eddie and I became another statistic, another sad story, illustrating the stresses war places on military spouses and families. I had kept the Tamayo name in the hopes that we might still have a future together. However, recently I’ve come to fully realize that that’s not going to happen. Eddie and I are still friends, and I’m grateful the Tamayo family continues to welcome me as one of their own.”
In the years of togetherness as married couple Eduardo Tamayo and Tulsi Gabbard did not have any children.
Not much is known about Tamayo following his split from Gabbard. Whereas Gabbarad although took her time found solace in the arm of Abraham Williams who is a cinematographer. The pair tied the knot in 2015 in Kahaluu, Hawaii, United States. Gabbard is yet to give birth to her first child.