Most tragedies occur without warning and sometimes they leave devastating impacts. It takes someone with a lot of courage and resilience to be able to surmount those devastating impacts and begin to live a fulfilled life. In light of this, it is safe to opine that Elizabeth Smart, the wife of Matthew Gilmour, is a courageous and resilient lady. She was a victim of several months of rape and kidnap, but rose above her predicament and is living a happy life today.
She was abducted from her home by a couple, kept in their custody and sexually molested from 2002 until 2003 when she was discovered and recovered by the police. It was certainly a very traumatic experience for the young lady but she didn’t let it wear her down. She went on to attend the Brigham Young University, where she earned her Bachelor of Music in harp performance. She is also an activist and spokesperson for child safety. However, her inspiring story is not the subject of this article – her husband, Matthew Gilmour is.
Matthew is most popular for being the husband of Elizabeth Smart and father of her children. The couple met while on a missionary trip in Paris and they began as friends but it evolved into a romantic relationship. By 2012, they tied the knot in Oahu, Hawaii. Let us learn more about him below.
Matthew Gilmour’s Bio
Despite him being in the spotlight because of his wife’s name and career, Matthew Gilmour is a very private person who prefers to keep his personal life away from the media. He has not disclosed much about himself, only that he was born 1996 in England. He is of Scottish descent and leads the life of a Christian. The schools he attended have not been mentioned anywhere. It is also uncertain if he has a degree and what type of job he does.
Other Interesting Facts About Elizabeth Smart’s Husband
Matthew Gilmour hails from a Christian home. His father is a Scottish man known as Stewart Gilmour. He was a music teacher, deputy headteacher at St Machar Academy, Aberdeen and is also known as a professional musician who played flugelhorn with a brass band. Sadly, Stewart passed away in 2008 after a battle to cancer – however, Matthew didn’t know of his father’s health condition until a few days before his death.
Gilmour’s mother is known as Kay Gilmour. She was also a music teacher but later became head of music at St Machar Academy. Probably inspired by her husband’s death, she regularly funds the CLAN Cancer Support. It is uncertain how close Matthew was to his father and is to his parents. His parents were and still are members of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, North Anderson Drive. He grew up being taught the precepts of the scripture and led in the Christian way. He has three lovely sisters: Chloe, Bethany and Ashlea and a brother named Kyle.
Wife and Kids
Matthew Gilmour is married to Elizabeth Smart. He was on an evangelical mission in Paris when he met Elizabeth who came for the same purpose. Both were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. When they met in 2009, Matthew didn’t know she was the one from the news tabloids and got to know her for who she truly was. He would later reveal that what drew him to her was her confidence, especially after all that had happened to her. Soon after they met, they became friends. This friendship soon blossomed into a romance.
She began visiting him in Scotland and he in turn traveled to the United States to meet her parents, as well as propose to her. At a hillside near Elizabeth’s house, he asked her to be his wife with a beautiful sapphire ring. She said yes and by February 2012, the couple got married in a secret wedding ceremony on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii. This venue was special to Elizabeth as she regarded Oahu as a refuge. After their marriage, the couple welcomed Chloe, their first daughter in 2015. On April 2017, they had a son they named James.
Elizabeth is widely known as a survivor of rape and abduction while she was a teenager. When she was 14 years, she was kidnapped at knife-point by Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee from her home in Salt Lake City. She was tied up, raped daily, and threatened to be killed if she attempted to escape. She was later rescued on March 12, 2003, by the police after nine months of horror.
Matthew Gilmour is like any regular American citizen. He has no popular vocation or occupation that he is known for. Also, he has no past records of any remarkable or outstanding works. He is neither in the entertainment industry nor in the corporate world. He is best known as the husband of the erstwhile kidnap victim, Elizabeth Smart. Elizabeth is currently working as a contributor with ABC News. She has also appeared at several events where she spoke publicly and is a child activist and founder of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation.
Since Matthew’s occupation is not known it is difficult to determine his salary or net worth, therefore, his net worth is currently unknown. However, Elizabeth from her endeavors is estimated to be worth $1.7 million.