Amid the ongoing presidential campaigns, Nikki Haley’s husband remains her main support system. Michael Haley, currently serving a year-long deployment to Africa, is the first person to whom the Republican hopeful expressed gratitude during her speech following her Iowa caucus loss. In her 2012 memoir, Can’t Is Not An Option: My American Story, Nikki wrote that she “would be lost without” Michael.
Where is Michael Haley now?
Michael, who is a member of the National Guard, is currently deployed to Djibouti, Africa. His decision to serve the year-long deployment that began in June 2023 was voluntary. Nikki has often mentioned her husband’s military career as one of her reasons for running. Despite supporting Nikki’s campaigns, Michael has always stayed away from the spotlight.
How did Nikki and Michael meet?
Nikki and Michael met in college in 1989 through a mutual friend. Nikki, then 17, told Michael, who was dating another girl at the time, “I don’t date people who also date other people,” according to her memoir.
Although the duo hit it off instantly, they didn’t start dating until Michael called things off with his then-girlfriend. “I can’t say that the turn of events broke my heart,” the 52-year-old Republican confessed in her book. From then on, Nikki and Michael were inseparable. Fast forward to 1996, they married and now share two children: daughter Rena and son Nalin.
Michael was an adopted child.
The National Guard major, who was born in Ohio, was adopted as a child. According to his wife’s memoirs, Michael’s biological father was an “alcoholic” and often in trouble with the law. His biological parents’ house had no running water or electricity.
When he was young, Michael, along with his four siblings, were placed in foster care. Michael was adopted by Bill Haley, a steel mill manager, and Carol Haley, a teacher, when he was four years old. Nikki has credited Michael’s story as an influence behind his anti-abortion political stance, according to People.
Nikki was converted to Christianity by Michael
Nikki’s love and devotion to Michael has been immense throughout their decades-long relationship. Nikki, who grew up in the Sikh faith, converted to Christianity before marrying Michael. She told the New York Times in 2010 that she was baptized at St. Andrew By-the-Sea. However, the couple performed both Sikh and Christian wedding ceremonies. Her children had also been baptized.