Matt gaetz son adopted: Galban Nestor (left) and Matt Gaetz Mt. Florida | TWITTER CREDIT He met the young boy he’s now calling his son, Matt Gaetz says six years ago, Florida Rep. Gaetz says Nestor Galban was twelve and had just arrived from Cuba where he grew up and recently died of breast cancer for his mother.
Nestor’s older sister then became a state legislator Gaetz. So Nestor moved in with them — “a contemporary family,” says Gaetz. Nestor has essentially been living with him since moving from Cuba, with the exception of an interruption during Nestor’s juvenile year following the disaster between Gaetz and Nestor’s sister.
Gaetz, 38, tells PEOPLE that “he is a part of my family storey,” and that “no aspect of my public service will compare to the joy that our family has given me.” Geatz did not officially adopt Nestor (and he refuses to address Nestor’s maternal family at this time). “Our relationship as a family is determined by our love for each other, not by any paperwork,” he reframes the problem.
“In every imaginable way, Nestor is my son, and I can’t imagine loving him anymore if he were my own flesh and blood,” he says. Reminiscing about his early days with Nestor, he paints a picture of the two playing catch not long after the boy arrived in the United States.