After 17 years, Jeremiah Brent celebrated the birthday of Nate Berkus’ late partner Fernando Bengoechea. In the 2004 Tsunami, Fernando went missing and was never found.
Nate Berkus and his partner Fernando Bengoechea were on vacation in Sri Lanka in 2004. The Tsunami swept them out of their hotel. Fortunately, Nate survived the harrowing experience.
Jeremiah and Nate got married in 2014. Now Nate shares two children with Jeremiah Brent. After 17 years of surviving the Tsunami, the father is enjoying days with kids and feeling comfortable enough to venture out into the ocean.
Jeremiah recognized the significance of Nate walking in the ocean. That’s why he wrote on Instagram, “I watched my husband, who survived such tragedy and such loss in 2004, walk our children into the ocean earlier this week. He has broken the chain of fear and wades in the water, full of laughter and full of joy. There is no one like him.”
Jeremiah also celebrated Fernando’s 56th birthday. He also wrote, “Our family will always keep his art and story alive, even as we move forward. Always.”