Who is Andrew Gillum's wife R. Jai Gillum and how many children do they have?September 14, 2020
ANDREW Gillum, the former mayor of Tallahassee and the one-time Democratic gubernatorial nominee for the state of Florida, met his wife R. Jai Howard in college.
Here’s what we know about her and their children.
Who is Andrew Gillum's wife?
R. Jai Howard is Andrew Gillum's wife and the couple have been together since college.
She is originally from Montgomery, Alabama, but has lived in Tallahassee for two decades.
She has a degree in biology and has worked in banking in Dallas, Texas.
She initially wanted to go into dentistry but then decided she wanted to attend grad school to study something in the public health or public policy arena.
R. Jai has worked on her husband's campaign hosting a “Women for Andrew Gillum” event.
What did she say about her husband's sexuality?
Andrew Gillum came out as bisexual during a TV interview in September of 2020.
R. Jai Gillum said her husband told her before they were married 11 years ago that he was bisexual and she is upset that it is now public knowledge, telling Tamron Hall, “I don't think it is anyone's business.”
“I don't think it is fair for people who are not heterosexual, who are not assumed heterosexual that they should ever have to say or disclose what they are because of how judgmental people are,” she told Hall.
“So many people just don't understand bisexuality.
"They think they can wrap their heads around gay, but bisexuality is just something different.”
Andrew Gillum was found in a Miami Beach hotel room in March of 2020 by paramedics responding to a drug overdose, police said then.
Gillum and two other men were in the hotel room.
Cops said Gillum and gay male escort Travis Dyson, 30, were apparently under the influence of an “unknown substance.”
Gillum later announced he was entering a rehab facility.
What else do we know about her?
According to Tallahassee Magazine, R. Jai Gillum is an executive director of United Way of the Big Bend’s The BEST Project.
It is described as a project that “helps people achieve long-term financial stability and quality of life through services such as tax preparation help.”
She is one year older than her husband and it is claimed that when he proposed, he asked her to be his “life partner” rather than his “wife”.
The couple met while participating in student government at Florida A&M, although they did not date for several more years.
Speaking to Tallahassee Magazine, Andrew Gillum revealed that he first flirted with her by penalising her for wearing a “short skirt” to student government, but she wasn’t pleased by that.
They reportedly met again in 2003, and Gillum gave her his home phone number, which R. Jai Gillum promptly ignored.
She said: “I didn’t think he was serious. He was wearing both of his cell phones, and then he gave me his home phone number.
“I said, ‘Anyone with two cell phones is never at home’.”
How many children do the Gillum's have?
Andrew and R. Jai have three children.
The couple had twins named Caroline and Jackson in 2014.
They announced the birth of son Davis Allen Gillum in May 2017.
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