Jewish interior designer Nate Berkus and his husband Jeremiah Brent open up on their relationship and the role that Berkus’ deceased partner Fernando Bengoechea plays in it. Bengoechea died tragically when he was swept out to sea when a tsunami struck Sri Lanka. The couple was vacationing there and more than 30,000 lives were lost.
Nate Berkus has a tale of lost love that’s like something out of a Nicholas Sparks novel, and he’s opening up about the role it plays in his new marriage in a new episode of Oprah‘s Where Are They Now?
Interior designer Berkus lost his late partner Fernando Bengoechea in a tsunami while on vacation in Sri Lanka.
Though Berkus survived, he had trouble dealing with the guilt of losing a loved one while still moving forward into a new relationship. As he told Oprah:
“I didn’t know how to articulate what I needed from a new relationship. I didn’t know how to articulate how to keep that and honor that, but still move forward without any guilt or any fear.”
When he met now-husband Jeremiah Brent, Berkus was struck by how open Brent was about dealing with his previous relationship