Jovi Nicole Engbino is the wife of American former football linebacker Manti Te’o. The two started dating in 2015 and dated for five years before getting married in 2020 in La Jolla, California, before their family and friends. Jovi Nicole was born on January 14, 1988, in the United States of America. However, little is known about her family; no details about her parents or siblings have been revealed.
Jovi Nicole Engbino came into the spotlight in 2015 when she started dating Manti. Little was known about her life before meeting Manti; it is unclear if she dated anyone. However, since meeting Manti Te’o, Jovi’s and Manti’s lives have improved. Jovi supported her husband even when Manti felt alone and down. Jovi Nicole Engbino was there to comfort him.
Jovi Nicole is a mother of two, a daughter and a son, but she has not revealed much about the two lovely kids. She is a great mother and wife to her kids and husband.
Education and Career
Jovi Nicole Engbino has not revealed details of her educational background. Still, she must have gone to school because she has various societal roles that require training and studies. Regarding her professional life, Jovi Nicole is a fitness instructor based in La Jolla, California. Besides, she owns a medical spa, has trained as a nurse, and has worked as a sales specialist.
Her Husband’s Catfishing Incident
In 2012, Jovi’s husband hit the headlines when he mentioned that his grandmother and non-existent girlfriend were involved in a car accident. Following the incident, Manti did not stop playing football, as they agreed that even if anything happened to her, he would continue playing NFL games.
After researching, some reporters realized that Lennay Kekua, Jovi’s husband’s supposed girlfriend, did not exist. They published an article mentioning that Kekua did not exist, putting Manti Te’o in the spotlight. He has told his parents and siblings that he met Lennay Kekua after a game, which was not the case. Te’o lied to his family so that they could not see him as a crazy person since he had fallen in love with someone he had never seen or met.
Stanford University launched an investigation to uncover Lennay’s true identity. After a few weeks, they realized that “Lennay” was Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, an acquaintance of Jovi’s husband. He confessed to having used a classmate’s picture to pretend to be Lennay Kekua, and in the process, he fell in love with Manti Te’o. The images used belonged to a lady named Diane O’Meara, Tuiasosopo’s high school classmate.
His catfishing incident was the basis for the documentary Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist.
Jovi Nicole Engbino is active on social media platforms, especially Instagram, where she enjoys a considerable following. The celebrity wife often posts pictures of herself and those of her husband, and she has occasionally professed how much she loves her husband. Besides, her husband does not shy away from mentioning how much Jovi means to her.