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Vanna White's Son Dating A Hare Krishna, Says He Might Be Gay


Vanna White's son, Nikko, is dating and living with a Hare Krisha fifteen years his senior, The Daily Mail Reports. Nikko, 19, met Jaycee Akinsanya, 34, at The University of Arizona where they both are currently students:

‘Jaycee and I have a special relationship,’ Nikko told the National Enquirer. ‘It’s the closest I’ve ever been with anyone. It’s just spiritual and wonderful and there is chemistry - and if there’s sex also, so be it. It doesn’t matter!’

He also revealed that Jaycee has already met with both his mom Vanna and his father, the restaurant mogul George Santo Pietro.

Both Nikko and Jaycee described the meeting as a success, although they slept in separate rooms while staying with them in Los Angeles.

Despite the apparently amicable meet and greet, Nikko's relationship with Jaycee, who originally hails from Liberia, has reportedly concerned Vanna and ex-husband George. Vanna allegedly fears Nikko may become brainwashed by the Hare Krishna or used to gain access to his parents' considerable assets. Vanna is worth approximately $40 million and George is said to be worth over $20 million. Reports have also circulated that Nikko asked his mother for $1 million to build an ashram for Hare Krishna followers, a claim Nikko denies:

Nikko told the Enquirer that he did not ask his parents for $1million to build an ashram. He added: 'The money I asked for was for my living expenses - food, gas and for living my spiritual life with Jaycee.'

Though open about his relationship with Jaycee, Nikko does not currently self-identify as gay. He does however have an open mind when it comes to understanding and defining his sexuality:

Nikko described his relationship with Jaycee as 'close' but not 'sexual in the full sense.' He said he remains 'undecided' about this sexual orientation.

'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,’ he said. ‘Gay? It’s possible.’

(Photo via The Daily Mail and Facebook)

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  1. Really? You're covering the sexual orientation of Vanna White's son? In detail?

    Posted by: Frank O'File | Sep 12, 2013 8:03:49 AM

  2. leave this kind of crap to the tabloid sites

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Sep 12, 2013 8:06:33 AM

  3. How can people not realize cults target rich people? Vanna's son is a teenager and I wish him well - as such he needs to watch for the signs of his boyfriend and his group trying to turn him against his family while also going after his money. There is no happiness inside a cult.... if they want something long term and the bf wont leave the cult--- run do not walk away.

    Posted by: rjp3 | Sep 12, 2013 8:21:33 AM

  4. I like this story because it illustrates the potential complexity of male sexuality and male spirituality for other men. It adds to our understanding.

    Posted by: Bob | Sep 12, 2013 8:22:31 AM

  5. To me the most surprising thing about this article is that Vanna White is worth $40 million. That's a lotta vowels!

    Posted by: Caliban | Sep 12, 2013 8:38:11 AM

  6. 1) 34 dating 19, creepy
    2) Krishna is not a gay affirmative faith

    Posted by: QJ201 | Sep 12, 2013 8:41:57 AM

  7. his parents should be happy he's ISKCON (int'l society of Krishna consciousness) rather than scientology.

    and if nico and his companion aren't content with any of the 3 communities in California, he could consider moving to brooklyn... there's a thriving community there, too.

    and if he's only been asking for living expenses, lots of folks meet those needs teaching yoga, waiting tables and such.

    Posted by: my2cents | Sep 12, 2013 8:49:12 AM

  8. I agree with RJP3 - a 34 year cultist getting his claws into a rich 19 year trying to find his place in the world. Religions are all cults - Designed to force people to give up their free will and their possessions.

    Posted by: Eddie | Sep 12, 2013 8:50:30 AM

  9. LOL @Caliban! Good one!

    Posted by: Jeff | Sep 12, 2013 8:52:55 AM

  10. I don't care, but I do like his willful unwillingness to accept or embrace any pat definition of his sexuality.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Sep 12, 2013 8:56:38 AM

  11. There are always user feedback popups in your site, and I saw more than once user said you should be putting captions for the photos, just like this one, who is who? But you never did, this is just lazy editorial.

    Posted by: Sam | Sep 12, 2013 9:02:41 AM

  12. I think the freedom of a 19 year old to explore sexuality should be honored and not be fodder for tabloids. But as a parent I'd be concerned about the age difference. At 19 this is a bigger deal than say if he was in his 30's. Men don't stop developing until their 20's. It'd be a hard tightrope to walk for any parent regardless of finances, religion, or sexuality.

    Posted by: spg | Sep 12, 2013 9:12:44 AM

  13. I agree UFFDA, it's very refreshing.

    Posted by: Rowan | Sep 12, 2013 9:16:27 AM

  14. It's only gay if the balls touch?

    Posted by: litper | Sep 12, 2013 9:18:47 AM

  15. @Sam, I'm going to do out on a limb here and suggest that Jaycee Akinsanya, from Liberia, is the black guy! ;-)

    Posted by: Caliban | Sep 12, 2013 9:26:10 AM

  16. Also read the comments on Daily Mail. Such homophobic trash!

    Posted by: litper | Sep 12, 2013 9:30:55 AM

  17. @ CALIBAN,

    I don't know? Ms White's son appears to be pretty pretty dark and pretty too. :-)

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Sep 12, 2013 9:34:03 AM

  18. Cute couple. I'm not even going to try and read into the money & religion issues...

    Posted by: Lucas H | Sep 12, 2013 9:38:33 AM

  19. Well, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Former model Liza Greer claims she had a lesbian affair with Vanna White in her book "You'll Never Make Love In This Town Again."

    Posted by: Kevin | Sep 12, 2013 9:51:33 AM

  20. @LITPER, Never read the comments on the Seig Heil.

    Posted by: bollox | Sep 12, 2013 10:29:52 AM

  21. Poor dumb kid

    Posted by: kennedy | Sep 12, 2013 11:40:29 AM

  22. Lots of agism here. 19 year old dating a 34 year old, wow how evil how ugly how terrible how un Gay. Maybe the 19 year old is the driver here? MAYBE! Could it be or do you people think 19 year old Gay men are idiots and don't know any better.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Sep 12, 2013 11:46:31 AM

  23. What are the odds Vanna White's son is a complete airhead?

    Posted by: anon | Sep 12, 2013 12:06:33 PM

  24. "Well, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Former model Liza Greer claims she had a lesbian affair with Vanna White in her book "You'll Never Make Love In This Town Again."

    Furthermore, most intelligence is inherited from the mother, it's X-linked...or not inherited as in this case!

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Sep 12, 2013 12:54:58 PM

  25. 34 yo cultish guy w/ a 19 yo? Yeah kind of creepy. But I have to place some of the blame with him. Where does he get off asking them for $1 million?!?! Whether it's for some cult thing or not? Maybe he should go out and get a job and earn his own money...

    Posted by: warmsun | Sep 12, 2013 1:15:02 PM

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