Manti Te'o Is Now a Father of Two — Meet His Adorable Kids
Manti Te'o has overcome a lot since being very publicly catfished while in college, which is the subject of the Netflix documentary "Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn't Exist." Fortunately, today, Te'o has a beautiful family — he's married with a little girl and a baby son, who arrived on Jan. 16.
Te'o, 31, married 35-year-old Jovi Nicole Engbino in La Jolla, CA, on Aug. 29, 2020. Engbino is a fitness instructor and a newly certified nurse. According to her Instagram bio, she's an "aesthetic injector," or a nurse who specializes in providing Botox injections and other types of cosmetic procedures.
A few months after the couple tied the knot, Te'o posted a sweet message of support for his wife on Instagram, writing, "My wife. My best friend. The Bonnie to my Clyde. The yin to my yang. I've made a lot of mistakes in my life but dang I got this one right. Through all the injuries, jokes, memes, hashtags, doubts, mistakes, she held me down and stood up for me just like my family did and that's how I knew. When the world turns their back on you, look around. . .those that are still there are the ones that will ALWAYS be there."
On Jan. 16, the couple officially became a family of four when their little boy, Kyro Aumua Te'o arrived. Engbino announced the news on Instagram alongside a caption detailing her baby's birth stats. "KYRO AUMUA TE'O ❤️ 8lbs 13oz | 22 inches long," she wrote. "Welcome my little King. We've all been waiting for you!"
Te'o and Engbino welcomed their first child, a daughter named Hiromi, in August 2021. Te'o often shares cute pictures with his baby girl, and in April 2022, he posted a video on Instagram of himself and his daughter, along with the adorable caption, "When I look at you…I'm home ❤️ #daddysgirl."
Te'o has come a long way since his time at Notre Dame. He was a star football player being enthusiastically recruited by the NFL when his girlfriend and grandmother passed away on the same day. He continued to play well, and his story of resilience brought him nationwide attention and support — until an investigation revealed that his girlfriend actually didn't exist. Te'o had been catfished, and though he did go on to play in the NFL, he was the subject of scrutiny and criticism for years. However, the Netflix documentary highlights his pure heart and good intentions, and it's spurred fans new and old to offer their apologies and words of support, leading him to share his own message of thanks.
Ahead, check out some of the cutest photos of Te'o's growing family.
Hiromi "Hiro" Te'o
Hiromi, or Hiro, as her parents call her, arrived on Aug. 12, 2021. Her father announced her arrival on Instagram, writing, "8•12•21 Forever grateful for my wife. Thank you for bringing our little girl into this world. You are my hero. I love you. Hiro, Daddy loves you and I'm so grateful and excited to be your dad. I love you my baby girl. Let the journey begin!"
Since then, Hiro has frequently appeared on her parents' Instagram feeds as they share all of her cutest moments with their followers.
Kyro Aumua Te'o
Kyro's arrival made Te'o and Engbino parents of two. The little one was born on Jan. 16, and his mom made the announcement in a post on Instagram.