Tori Bates

Tori Layne (Bates) Smith was born on December 20, 1995, to Gil Bates and Kelly Jo Callaham. She is the seventh child of the couple and has 18 siblings. Tori was homeschooled, and as a child, she took violin lessons. She and her siblings were raised as participants in Bill Gothard’s Institute in Basic Life Principles. She studied education at Crown College of the Bible, and on May 7, 2018, she graduated Magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She has appeared on several shows which focused on her family, like “19 Kids and Counting,” in which she appeared as a teenager, “United Bates of America,” and “Bringing Up Bates” which ran for 10 seasons.

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Tori Layne Bates Smith



Birth date:

December 20, 1995



Zodiac Sign:



5' 4"

Relationship Status:


Net Worth:

$1.5 million

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Tori Bates is a well-known personality in the United States. She is known for being one of the 19 children of the Bates family. Born on December 20, 1995, to Gil Bates and Kelly Jo Callaham, she is the seventh child of the family. She was homeschooled and studied education at Crown College of the Bible. In 2012, T.L.C. aired one season of the show titled “United Bates of America,” which mainly focused on Tori’s family, and in 2015, UpTv began airing a similar show, “Bringing Up Bates,” which aired for 10 seasons.

She met Bobby Smith in 2015 through a mutual friend and they began dating in November 2016. On February 9, 2017, Tori announced that she was dating Bobby Smith. Soon they got engaged on September 21, 2017, and Bobby Smith proposed to her at Wiseman’s View, which is a scenic overlook in North Carolina. On December 16, 2017, Tori and Bobby married at Calvary Baptist Church in Knoxville Tennessee, her matron of honor was her sister Erin Paine and her maid of honor was her sister Carlin Bates. Her bridesmaids were her sisters Michaela Keilen, Alyssa Webster, and Josie, and Katie Bates, her sister-in-law Whitney Bates, and her friends Devonna Killin, Kaitlyn Stewart, and Abby Paine.

On May 10, 2018, Tori and Bobby announced that they were expecting their first child, and on November 9, 2019, Tori gave birth to her first child, Robert Kade Ellis Smith IV at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. On 25, 2020, Tori gave birth to her second son, Kolter Gray Smith. On June 24, 2021, Tori gave birth to Charlotte Raine Smith and is expecting their fourth child in August 2022.

Career timeline

Tori Bates is Born

She is the seventh child of the Bates family.

"United Bates of American"

T.L.C. airs one season of the show.

"Bringing Up Bates"

"Bringing Up Bates" airs and runs for 10 seasons.

Bates Marries Bobby Smith

She marries Bobby at Calvary Baptist Church in Knoxville.

Why We Love Tori Bates

  1. It celebrates a family

    Bates is irrevocably linked to her family. By celebrating her, we celebrate the family.

  2. It celebrates her uniqueness

    This day is for Bates and her unique self. This day celebrates all her accomplishments and achievements.

  3. It brings joy to people

    This is a joyful day for people. People love knowing more about the Bates family and love to celebrate their birthdays.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. Bates siblings are musically inclined

    All the siblings are musically inclined, and they all play at least one instrument.

  2. They are very devoted

    The family is very devoted to faith and is very open to talking about it.

  3. The family does not exchange presents

    On Christmas, the family does not exchange presents, but they exchange presents on Valentine's day.

  4. They don’t use birth control

    Gil and Kelly don’t use birth control, as they consider children a blessing.

  5. They all live in Tennessee

    The whole family lives in Eastern Tennessee.

Tori Bates FAQs

How old is Bates?

Bates is 26 years old.

Where do Bates and Bobby live?

Bates and Bobby moved to Nashville but moved back to East Tennessee in 2018.

How old was Bates when she got engaged?

Bates was 21 years old.

Tori Bates’s birthday dates

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