Who Is Eduardo Tamayo? Interesting Facts About Tulsi Gabbard’s Ex-Husband

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Tulsi Gabbard’s first husband Eduardo Tamayo is a subject of curiosity since marrying the politician. His wife served as the U.S. representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district from 2013 to 2021. 

Tamayo’s ex-spouse, Gabbard was the first Hindu member of Congress and also the first Samoan-American voting member of Congress. Eduardo and his politician former partner were together for only about four years though the former never got enough attention from the media.

Flick through to learn more about Gabbard’s first husband & her explanations about what happened between them. Also, know if Eduardo is a completely faint identity these days or has a notable life as his ex-wife.

Profile Summary

ParentsMike and Carol Tamayo
WifeTulsi Gabbard (2002-2006)
Net Worth$1 million

Key Takeaways

He was born in 1981 and raised for two years in Leloala after which the family moved to Hawaii.
Tulsi Gabbard’s first husband belongs to the Filipino Hispanic ethnicity.
Eduardo and Tulsi were married from 2002 to 2006. 
The lovebirds were reportedly childhood sweethearts.
Eduardo and Tulsi divorced after he became stressed out due to the fact that his wife was always overseas for duty.
He doesn’t share any children.

Eduardo Tamayo Parents and Siblings

Eduardo was born on 12th April 1981 in Leloala, Tutuila Island, American Samoa. It is reported the ex-husband of Tulsi Gabbard supposedly has roots back in the Philippines. He is the son of Mike and Carol.

Tamayo’s parents welcomed four more children besides him, but they have not revealed their names. Up until the age of 2, he was born in Leloala, and later on, they relocated to Hawaii, where he spent the major portion of his childhood.

His grandfather was a World War II Vet who survived Bataan Death March

Tamayo apparently is also the grandson of World War II veteran, General Antonio Tamayo. There are conversations mentioning that Eduardo’s grandfather may have been a Philippine Gen. Antonio Tamayo, a World War II veteran who survived the horrific Bataan Death March.

Tamayo also happens to be the nephew of Toby Tamayo, a longtime employee of the group who helped run a Butler-affiliated school in the Philippines. Toby is an employee of a group that helped run a school affiliated with Chris Butler, a yoga guru who leads an offshoot of Hare Krishna.

Although an article in the Philippine Daily Inquirer confirms Toby Tamayo’s father was indeed Gen. Antonio Tamayo, it is a bit unclear if this Toby is Eduardo’s uncle Toby.

Eduardo Tamayo and his ex-wife Tulsi Gabbard Marriage

Tamayo and Gabbard married in 2002. At the time of their wedding, the bride was 21 years old. According to reports, they had a small wedding before the Justice of the Peace.

“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,” Gabbard said of her first wedding.

Tulsi Gabbard a politician and the ex-wife of Eduardo Tamayo.
Eduardo Tamayo’s wife and the United States Army Reserve officer Tulsi Gabbard. Getty

The former flames knew each other since childhood

Tamayo & his future wife Tulsi were childhood friends who started dating quite young. In 2013 while talking to Vogue, a member of the House of Representatives said she and Tamayo had been childhood sweethearts. She revealed they used to surf together and were best friends.

“His family was like my family,” said the Hawaii-born politician. Tamayo and Gabbard’s marriage, however, would only last for four years.

What was the Reason Behind Eduardo and Tulsi’s Split?

One of the main reasons behind their divorce was stress in their relationship. Throughout their relationship, most of the time Gabbard was serving overseas. Sources report the United States Army Reserve officer’s long deployment to Iraq was ultimately too much for her first marriage.

As such in the spring of 2003 when the United States invaded Iraq, she made a choice that dismayed her political advisers. Gabbard joined the Hawaii Army National Guard. This was despite the fact that her brigade had gone to Iraq in 2004 and had left off her name from the deployment list.

Tulsi Gabbard, member of the US House Of Representatives and the ex-wife of Eduardo Tamayo.
Member of House Of Representatives and the ex-wife of Eduardo Tamayo, Tulsi Gabbard. AP

Wartime, however, changed her; for starters, it cost Gabbard her marriage to Tamayo.

“It was sad and difficult, but unfortunately, not an uncommon story for people who go through being separated for nearly two years. The stress that’s placed on those who are left at home—it’s difficult to communicate what that means.”

the 2020 candidate for the Democratic nomination said of the war and her marital relationship.

Gabbard announced her separation

Gabbard and Tamayo ultimately finalized their divorce on June 5, 2006. In an online personal note, Tulsi told her community she and Tamayo had divorced shortly after she returned from an 18-month-long deployment in Iraq. The brunette political figure had served two tours of combat duty with the 29th Brigade. Gabbard explained the deployment was very hard on her husband.

“Sadly, Eddie and I became another statistic, another sad story, illustrating the stresses war places on military spouses and families,”

The two nonetheless remained friends after the divorce.

Tulsi Lived With Tamayo’s Name For Years 

Tulsi Gabbard had gone by Tulsi Gabbard Tamayo while she was the wife of Eduardo and even for a few years after they had divorced. Then in 2011, years after separating from her first husband, Tamayo, Gabbard announced that she was resuming using her maiden name.

Even in political circles, people knew her by her married name, so when she returned to her maiden name, she made a personal note about it online.

In her 2011 note, the 2020 Joe Biden endorser wrote in part,

“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.”

She ended the announcement by offering to personally pay for any costs the City Council would have in reprinting brochures or business cards with her maiden name.

Tulsi Gabbard Marital Life After The Divorce 

Tamayo’s ex-wife, Tulsi is now married to Abraham Williams, a cinematographer. The couple got engaged in February 2015 and tied the knot in a Vedic-style wedding on April 9, 2015.

Eduardo Tamayo former spouse, Tulsi Gabbard with her current husband Abraham Williams.
United States Army Lieutenant Colonel, Tulsi Gabbard with her current husband Abraham Williams. Instagram

The beautiful couple married in an outdoor ceremony in Oahu, Hawaii. The wedding apparently was spiritual where Gabbard wore a Lacha-style traditional Indian wedding dress.

Did Eduardo Tamayo Remarry? Where Is He Now?

Not much is known about Gabbard’s former husband, Tamayo, as he stayed out of the spotlight during his marriage to the ex-endorser of Bernie Sanders and remains out of the spotlight to this day. The only mention of his career is in an old article from 2004 by the Honolulu Advertiser, which lists Eduardo as self-employed.

Further, it is also unclear if he has a new wife since the separation from his first partner, Gabbard. Making the point at issue more ambiguous is Tamayo’s namelessness in social media.

What does Eduardo Tamayo do for a living?

According to several sources, the former celebrity spouse is a very successful businessman based in Hawaii itself.

How much is his net worth?

His total fortune is around $1 million. From his work as a businessman, he has raked in a lot of money.


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