Who is Samantha Lee Gibson?
Samantha Lee Scwalenberg came into the public spotlight when her name was associated for the first time with famous actor, Tyrese Gibson in 2016. Before she won the heart of this famous actor, singer, and songwriter, she built her life path and career beyond the world of fame and celebrities. Although she is best known as Tyrese Gibson’s wife, being an educated and highly accomplished social worker, social advocate and philanthropist, she is far more than his better half. Born on 15 July 1989, in Dayton, New Jersey USA, under the star sign Cancer, Samantha seems to value her privacy, given that she has managed to stay out of the spotlight even after marrying the famous actor.
Samantha’s Family, Nationality, Siblings
Not much information is known about her and her family before she became Mrs Gibson; what is known so far is that she holds American nationality and is of African-American ethnicity. It’s reported that she has two brothers, Tomas Schwalenberg and Mike Spencer. On a visit to Pastor Creflo Dollar’s Web series, ”Your World with Creflo,” she shared scarce information about her background, hinting that her family had a lot of challenges, and in her own words, it was ”pretty dysfunctional”. She continued: ”My whole life was not peaceful. There were fights; my father left, just a lot of things I was dealing with.”
Samantha’s Early Life and Education
She attended the University of Georgia and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2012, graduating with a Cum Laude recognition. Later she earned a master’s degree in social work, which enabled her to fulfill her long-awaited dream to help those in trouble, focusing mainly on domestic abuse victims. In 2015 she completed a Marriage and Family Therapy Certification from UGA.
However, it seems that all these accomplishments were not enough for Samantha, who is a versatile individual, who on top of all these accomplishments received a Certificate from the Bartending School of Atlanta.
She is currently working with Project Safe, a non-profit organization that aims to end domestic violence through crisis interventions, supportive services, prevention, and education. Samantha usually manages the shelter operations, interventions, cases and documentation. Her previous employment includes working as a social services case manager for the Department of Family and Community Services. Domestic violence is one of the reoccurring issues in America, which Samantha has recognized and has been advocating against it for many years now. She is also engaged in fighting human and sex trafficking.
Her marriage to Tyrese Gibson
It is reported that the pair has been dating since 2015, even though they were spotted for the first time in public at a charity event in Atlanta in December 2016.
They finally tied the knot one year later, on Valentine’s Day 14 February 2017, in a secret ceremony at their Georgia home. Even though they had married, they again married officially on July 14 in the same year. They had their first baby, Soraya Lee Gibson, on 1 October 2018, when she couldn’t hide her excitement, and wrote on her own Instagram page: “Blessed beyond measure. That is all. I love you, my bubby. Thank you for pushing me out of my comfort zone & bringing out a woman I never knew existed within me.”
Also, proud father Tyrese took to his Instagram to announce their new addition to the family with captions: ”Father God we love you for delivering on your promise princess Soraya Lee Gibson is here………..8 pounds 6 oz our lives just changed forever.”
For Samantha, the role of a mother was not that foreign, considering that Tyrese already had a child named Shayla from his previous marriage with Norma Gibson. Samantha has managed to create a loving relationship with her step-daughter, which is most evident from the photos they post on their Instagram accounts.
Would you like to know Samantha’s net worth?
It is reported that as of late 2020, her estimated net worth is around $1 million. Working as an active and dedicated social worker, it is said that she had a hefty salary before meeting and later marrying Tyrese Gibson. They live in a 25,000-square-foot, six stories home in Georgia.
Briefly about Tyrese Gibson
Tyrese Gibson is a famous American singer, actor, author and businessman, best known for his role in the popular franchise, ”The Fate of the Furious“ (also known as Fast and Furious). He initially stepped into the world of fame by releasing several albums, but soon transitioned to acting, with lead roles in various Hollywood releases. Regarding his music career, he sold 3.7 million albums in the US, and even earned a Grammy nomination for the Best R&B Male Vocal Performance for the song ”Sweet Lady.”
His debut film was ”Baby Boy“, in which he played Joseph ”Jody” Summers. Later he landed a recurring role in one of the most popular and prolific film series: ”Transformers“, and having done these major roles in high-grossing movies, it doesn’t come as a surprise that his estimated worth is over $3 million.
More about Samanta Lee Gibson
Unlike her husband, Tyreese, Samantha is not active on social media; she occasionally uses Facebook and Twitter. Instagram seems to be the only social network on which she is active, where she has 964,000 followers. Judging by the photos Tyrese posts on Instagram, she has a fit figure and seems to have a specific fashion style, for which she is often praised – her choices are minimalistic and usually on-trend. She is one of the lucky ones to be blessed with a perfect complexion and light eyes.
Even though she goes now by the name Samantha Lee Gibson, her maiden name is Swalenberg. She used her old name in her LinkedIn profile, and it can also be found in a 2011 article from a University of Georgia school paper.
This article mentions that she participated in the Schools’ Ms. Latin UGA pageant, which doesn’t come as a surprise given her looks, fit physique, and fashion style.
Has she ever been involved in a scandal?
Another testament to her impeccable personality is the fact that she has never been tied to any scandal, affair, or criminal activity. However, her husband Tyrese faced a severe b,acklash for posting a tweet as an announcement of his marriage to Samantha and calling her his ‘Black Queen’. The public deemed this comment as racist, and soon after he deleted his tweet , but the waves he caused continued to swirl for a while.
The role of religion
Religion is a significant component in the life of this couple. They are both dedicated Christians who permeate their worldview and approach to life by following the Christian doctrine of sincerity and an open heart. That Christian dedication and life view cemented their bond and affected the nature of their relationship. In their wish to follow the traditional Christian attitude, they went through pre-marital counseling sessions with the hope that their marriage will be blessed and successful.
Samantha also shows her dedication and commitment by posting testimonies, bible verses, and reflections on faith. Since she has altruistic tendencies, she is open to help and hear other people’s experiences, especially those with a religious background.