Our favorite letter-turner, Wheel of Fortune‘s Vanna White, is a familiar face that everyone knows — but many fans don’t know much about her personal life, especially her children. The 60-year-old game show icon has two, a daughter named Gigi, who’s 20, and a son named Nikko, who’s 23 — and they all look quite similar to their famous mom.
Vanna’s two kids are from her first and only marriage to George Santo Pietro, a restaurant owner she was with from 1989 to 2002. Although she’s now dating current beau, contractor John Donaldson, the divorce wasn’t easy for Vanna or her children. After the split, she got engaged to California businessman Michael Kaye in 2004, but called it off after less than a year. However, these days she’s “happy just the way things are,” she exclusively told Closer Weekly.
As for her kids, her son Nikko has been in the news lately because of a relationship he’s formed with a Liberian man named Jaycee Akinsanya. “Jaycee and I have a special relationship. It’s the closest I’ve ever been with anyone,” Nikko said in 2013. “I have had one girlfriend and never had a real boyfriend. We are just happy to be together, loving each other in whatever way possible. Gay? It’s possible.”
On his Facebook, there are several photos of Vanna, Nikko, and Jaycee lovingly hanging out together, proving how supportive Vanna is of the partnership. “My mom and dad like Jaycee,” he said. “They don’t think he is a demon.”
Check out the gallery below to learn more about Vanna’s two adult children.
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The kids are used to sharing the limelight with mom
In 2006, both her kids tagged along with her when she received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Gigi was nine at the time and Nikko was 12.
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Her kids would often visit her on set
Vanna loves posting pics of her kids on her Facebook, especially #TBT pics. This one from 2003 proves her children looked quite comfortable hanging out on the Wheel of Fortune stage.
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When Gigi was little, she had many "twinning" moments with mom
Her daughter posted this adorable throwback of her and her mother both wearing matching dresses. Hey, like mother, like daughter!
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Today, Gigi is 21 and all grown up
She just celebrated a birthday on July 1.
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She's a college student who's really into art
She's currently a student at New York University, and judging by her Instagram, she's really into art, photography, and drawing.
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Gigi is a New Yorker now
Whenever Vanna is in NYC, she always pays her daughter a visit, and vice versa. In this pic, Vanna was ecstatic to be at a cafe that had a ton of board games.
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As for son Nikko, he's currently 23
He's a graduate of Oregon State University. He also used to attend The University of Arizona.
Nikko Santo Pietro Relationship
He's currently in a relationship
According to The Daily Mail, Nikko is dating Liberian monk Jaycee Akinsanya. "Jaycee and I have a special relationship," Nikko said in 2013. "It’s the closest I’ve ever been with anyone."
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Mom totally approves
On Nikko's Facebook, he has plenty of pictures of his mother and his partner getting acquainted with each other.
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Nikko is the carefree type
It's unclear what the 23-year-old does for a living, but judging by his Facebook, he likes gardening, traveling, and spirituality.
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They're a big, happy family
Although Vanna's husband and father of her two kids, George Santo Pietro, got divorced in 2002, the family still seems very close. Vanna shares adorable photos like the one above all the time on her Facebook. What a beautiful family!