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Manti Te’o Parents: Ottilia Te’o (Mom) And Brian Te’o (Dad)

Brian Te’o and Ottilia Te’o have found themselves in the media because of their son Manti Te’o notably on two separate occasions; once when he was drafted into NFL, and the other time because of his “girlfriend” scandal. They are back once again on Netflix’s new special Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist.

Learn more about Manti’s parents here in this article. We cover their age, job, family, and current residence.

Who Are Manti Te’o Parents?

Brian Te’o and Ottolia Te’o are the parents of Manti Te’o. Manti, the oldest of their children, is the subject of the Netflix show Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist was in a serious relationship with his girlfriend Lennay Kekua who he met online. But the catch was he had never met her but he still believed that he should share about his dating life with his parents.

Manti maintained that he felt a religious connection with her from their online conversations. “It was the spiritual aspect that took over,” said Matni. “The spiritual aspect — where in my past relationships, spirituality wasn’t a big thing. It was something, but it wasn’t at the forefront. She would always tell me that, ‘Manti, the only man I love more than you is — well, two men, is God and my dad: I’ll never put you in front of God.’

Manti added, “She would say stuff like that, and, we’d say prayers at night before we’d go to sleep. Then when we’d wake up in the morning, obviously, because I was on the phone, she’d say another prayer. She would always tell me to be humble. For me, that’s what drew me in.”

Brian and Ottolia also claimed that they spoke with the woman. They were under the impression that two had met each other.

On the show, Manti’s parents described Manti as a “loving husband and father” and “an incredible son”. In the show, Brian opened up about his son’s relationship, “They started out as just friends. Every once in a while, she would travel to Hawaii, and that happened to be the time Manti was home, so he would meet with her there. But within the last year, they became a couple. And we came to the realization that she could be our daughter-in-law”.

Manti had lied to his parents because he was scared that they wouldn’t approve of a person he had never met. His mother also defended her son saying, “That’s my child. He always puts others before himself. He did what a responsible respectable man should do … I am proud of his character. It just hurts to see his picture and his name being displayed as someone dishonest.”

Brian also defended his son saying, “If they’re saying Manti lied about something, they might as well say we lied about it today … The story was reality for us.”

The Netflix documentary puts things into perspective by demonstrating how they disregarded the warning signs and ultimately dealt with the situation. You may be wondering what Brian and Ottolia are doing now that the problem has been cleared up.

Meet Manti Te’o Dad, Brian Te’o

Brian Te’o is the father of Manti Te’o.

Brian was born to his parents Normalynn Te’o and Ima Uiva Te’o in Samoa. His parents lived in San Francisco for a few years and then moved to Fremont, California. They moved to Hawaii and established a successful bakery business.

Ima was born on 12 July 1934. He had two brothers Lueli and Ma’ataua and two sisters; Logo and Nafanua. His parents divorced when he was 8 years old. Later, his mother had three more children and his father had seven more from his second marriage.

Ima completed high school at Banning High and played football there. He died in 1981 at the age of 47 in Pago Pago, American Samoa.

Meanwhile, Norma was a former Director, of IWES and Student Employment at Brigham Young University Hawaii. She studied Psychology at Brigham Young University–Hawaii and completed high school at Polytechnic High School, San Francisco, CA.

Brian has three brothers Nephi, Ephraim, and David, and two sisters; Serena and Naomi.

On Manti’s selection by the Chargers in 2013, Brian said about his son, “I love the pick; we’re just so excited and ecstatic. He’s reaping the benefits of being a darn good son.”

  • Brian Te’o Age

Born in May 1971, Brian Te’o is currently 51 years old.

  • Brian Te’o Job

Brian Te’o is currently working as Grantee Specialist Lead at STG International, Inc. She joined the company in 2017 and just completed his 5th year two months before. Before that, he worked at Kamehameha Schools as an Education Coordinator. He was an Assistant Director at PACT Early Head Start / Head Start.

Moreover, Brian had also served as program director at Early Head Start.

Brian completed his high school at Kahuku High School in 1989. He earned Bachelor’s Degree in Biology/Biological Sciences from Brigham Young University in 1998. Moreover, he holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Teaching from the Chaminade University of Honolulu.

  • Is Brian Te’o On Facebook?

Yes, Brian Te’o is on Facebook but he shares a joined account with his wife. You can find them at (@brian.ottiliateo). They are also on Pinterest.

Meet Manti Te’o Mom, Ottilia Te’o

Ottolia Te’o is the mother of Mati Te’o.

Ottolia was born to her parents Louis Kapunelani Santiago (born 25 December 1941 – death 28 January 2012) and Annette Kalama Santiago (nee Keala) (born 30 August 1940 – death 11 September 2012). Following Annette Santiago’s death on September 11, a story developed around her passing, evolving from a grandson’s sincere loss to a talking point for the Heisman Trophy campaign to a fraud complete with a fake dead girlfriend that was discovered by Deadspin.

At the time, Manti shared with ESPN, “Just the trouble my family is going through is the hardest part to swallow”.

After the girlfriend scandal, during her son’s NFL Ottolia had spoken with the media showing her appreciation towards her community. She shared, “It’s just overwhelming. We’re so appreciative of the support this community has given Manti. They’ve been there through all the highs and the lows. They’ve always stood by his side. We’re so thankful”.

  • Ottilia Te’o Age

Ottolia Te’o’s birth year is also 1971. She celebrates her birthday on 1 October.

  • Ottilia Te’o Job

Ottilia’s job info is unavailable

  • Is Ottilia Te’o On Facebook?

Yes, Ottolia shares Facebook with her husband.

Related FAQs

  • Are Manti Te’o Parents Still Married?

Yes, Manti Te’o’s parents Brian and Ottilia have been happily married for 31 years. On Mother’s Day 2022, Brian praised his wife while writing, “Wishing the Queen of our Castle a Happy Mothers Day! She’s ruled with dignity and grace these past 31 years, winning the hearts of her loyal subjects through love and compassion. We, the royal peasants, love her dearly and vow our lifelong commitment to her service. We love you, hun! Now let’s go to Hawaii!”.

  • Where Do Manti Te’o Parents Live?

Manti Te’o’s parents Brian and Ottilia are currently residing in Laie, Hawaii.

  • How Many Kids Do Manti Te’o Parents Have?

As already revealed, Manti is the oldest of six children. He has four sisters; Maya, Eden Brie, Tiare, and his one and only younger brother Manasseh.

  • Do Manti Te’o Parents Appear On Netflix’s Untold: The Girlfriend That Didn’t Exist?

Yes, Manti Te’o’s parents were featured on Netflix’s Untold: The Girlfriend That Didn’t Exist.

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