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 Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent’s Relationship: Story of Love, Support and ……..

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent are not only a powerhouse design duo on hit HGTV series like Nate & Jeremiah by Design and The Nate and Jeremiah Home Project but also a beloved couple who have shared their inspiring love story with the world over the years.

Their journey together began with a memorable wedding at the New York Public Library in 2014, followed by the joyous additions of their two children, daughter Poppy and son Oskar.

“We are each other’s biggest cheerleader,” Brent shared with PEOPLE, reflecting on their enduring bond. His recent addition to the cast of Queer Eye only adds to their shared spotlight, showcasing their mutual support and admiration for each other.

Here’s a glimpse into Berkus and Brent’s heartwarming relationship, where love, creativity, and family intertwine beautifully both on and off the screen.

Their first date was antique shopping

Despite initially running in similar circles, Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent didn’t find their romantic spark until years after their first meeting. Reflecting on their early encounters, Brent shared with HGTV that the timing never seemed to align due to other relationships they were in at the time.

Their serendipitous connection finally blossomed about three years later at Rachel Zoe’s birthday party in New York City. Berkus took the initiative, suggesting they go antique shopping, which marked the beginning of their love story.

Recalling their memorable first date, Brent reminisced, “I was sitting in a brown leather chair and we were just talking. And I remember thinking to myself, oh God, what is this? This is not what I thought it was. There was something about him that, in his presence, I just felt so safe.”

Berkus added, “I would say it was within 15 minutes. I’ll never forget it. It wasn’t because of the conversation, it was just this huge energy shift and we both felt it at the same time.” From that moment, their connection deepened, setting the stage for a partnership built on mutual understanding, admiration, and an undeniable bond.

Nate proposed at Machu Picchu

Less than a year after their first transformative date, Nate Berkus proposed to Jeremiah Brent in a moment of breathtaking beauty atop Peru’s iconic Machu Picchu in April 2013. Reflecting on this significant milestone, Berkus expressed to PEOPLE, “I’ve known since our first date that Jeremiah was who I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.” This romantic gesture marked the beginning of their journey towards a lifetime of love and partnership.

Their wedding was a historic moment

On May 4, 2014, Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent made history as the first same-sex couple to exchange vows at the prestigious New York Public Library. The wedding, a celebration of love and equality, was officiated by Sheri Salata, former co-president of the Oprah Winfrey Network, amidst a gathering of 220 guests.

Among the attendees were close friends and celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Rachael Ray, Katie Lee, Rebecca Minkoff, Irene Neuwirth, Busy Philipps, and Elizabeth Hendrickson from The Young and the Restless. The occasion not only marked a personal milestone for Berkus and Brent but also resonated as a landmark moment in the journey toward LGBTQ+ acceptance and celebration.

They have two children together

Since their wedding, Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent have joyously welcomed two children into their lives: daughter Poppy and son Oskar. In a heartfelt interview with PEOPLE in May 2022, Brent revealed that meeting Berkus changed his perspective on fatherhood completely.

“Within 10 minutes, I wanted to create a life and a family with him,” Brent shared. “And it was the first time that I believed that we could and I could. He was the first person that made me feel safe enough to go, ‘Okay, we can do this together.'”

Their daughter, Poppy Brent-Berkus, was born via surrogate on March 23, 2015. Berkus expressed their joy on Facebook, saying, “We are so excited to finally be a family of 3! As anyone with a newborn knows, we have our work cut out for us but couldn’t be happier to be embarking on this life-changing journey that is parenthood.”

Three years later, on March 26, 2018, they welcomed their son, Oskar Michael Brent-Berkus, also via surrogate. The name Oskar holds special significance as it honors Berkus’ late partner, Fernando Bengoechea, who tragically passed away in the 2004 Sri Lankan tsunami; Oskar was Bengoechea’s middle name.

“We have always honored Fernando’s memory in our relationship. He’s a part of our love story,” Brent explained to PEOPLE. “It’s such an important chapter in Nate’s life. So the idea that we can beautifully honor his memory was exciting to us.” In this way, Berkus and Brent continue to cherish their journey as a family while honoring their shared past and the enduring bonds of love.

They are each other’s biggest cheerleaders

Being in the same industry has been a journey of mutual support and growth for Jeremiah Brent and Nate Berkus. Reflecting on their dynamic, Brent shared with PEOPLE how Berkus has consistently been his staunchest advocate since they met, despite the initial challenges in his career.

“Listen, I’m 13 years younger and I had just started [my career] when we met. My design firm was a complete mess, I was taking on any project I could,” Brent recalled about his early days. “But I’ve always stayed the course in wanting to make sure that I carved out my existence within ours as a family, and Nate’s always been the best supporter.”

Navigating the complexities of sharing a profession hasn’t deterred their support for each other. Brent added, “I don’t know what works for everybody else, but I do know what works for us is we are each other’s biggest cheerleader. We’re in the same industry, and it could, for a lot of people, be complicated. But we’ve always supported each other. We also stay out of each other’s way. And we just like each other.”

In their partnership, Berkus and Brent exemplify a harmonious blend of personal and professional support, reinforcing their enduring bond both in and out of the spotlight.

Greenwich Village has played a big role in their love story

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent have woven their love story through the heart of New York City, particularly in Greenwich Village, where their journey together began. The couple first moved into their cherished Fifth Avenue home in 2013, just a year before exchanging vows.

In 2016, they ventured to Los Angeles, where they meticulously restored a captivating Spanish Colonial villa. However, after three years on the West Coast, they found themselves drawn back to the magnetic pull of NYC.

Following a brief stint in the West Village, fate intervened when their beloved Fifth Avenue residence reappeared on the market. Without hesitation, they seized the opportunity to reclaim what they now affectionately refer to as their “forever home.”

“Most people let go, but this house for us was so much more than just a home. It was a symbol of a specific time in our life, not only professionally … but I remember sitting in that house and imagining this big life together, whether it was children or writing vows for our wedding or dinner parties,” Brent shared with PEOPLE, reflecting on the profound significance of their home. “The house had seen us survive so much tragedy as well, so there’s all those echoes in there.”

Their story is a testament to love, resilience, and the enduring power of home—a place where memories are made, dreams are realized, and where their remarkable journey continues to unfold.

 

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