Nate Berkus, who lost his partner in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, has found love again and is getting married.
Berkus confirmed today that he is marrying Jeremiah Brent, his boyfriend of more than a year.
Berkus, 41, proposed to Brent on Monday (8 April). The couple then celebrated atop the famed Machu Picchu in Peru where they are vacationing with friends.
Berkus became a familiar face to viewers of The Oprah Winfrey Show more than a decade ago as an interior designer. He then went on to host daytime’s The Nate Berkus Show for two seasons before it was canceled last year.
Berkus came out publicly as a gay man in 2004 after the death of his partner, photographer Fernando Bengoechea.
The couple were vacationing at a beach resort in Sri Lanka when the Indian Ocean tsunami hit. While Berkus survived, Bengoechea went missing and is presumed dead.
Berkus appeared on Winfrey’s daytime show a month later to talk about his ordeal and the loss of his love.
Discussing the painful topic again last February with Winfrey in an interview on her OWN network, Berkus said: ‘The witnessing [of his passing] was a gift. It made me a better person, it made me a more compassionate person.’