A wedding and a baby for Hoda Kotb!
In the new issue of Closer Weekly — on newsstands now! — a source close to the 52-year-old Today show star revealed Hoda is planning to marry her boyfriend, Joel Schiffman, now that she's adopted her daughter, Haley.
"Most likely, they’ll tie the knot by early summer. She is over the moon," the insider told Closer, adding Hoda will likely take some extended time off from Today to care for little Haley and prepare for her upcoming wedding.
Hoda has been dating NYC financier Joel, 58, since 2013 and the couple moved in together last year. Though the TV star adopted daughter Haley as a single mother, Joel — who has an adult daughter of his own, Kyle, from a previous marriage — will be a big part of the little girl's life going forward.
"She never wanted to pressure Joel into doing anything. She was stunned when he suggested she and Haley move in with him," the source said. "They had long discussions about the future. Joel told Hoda he wants to marry her and raise Haley. Of course, she was thrilled."
The breast cancer survivor's marriage to Joel would be her second. She was previously hitched to University of New Orleans tennis coach Burzis Kanga from 2005 until 2007.
Earlier this month, Hoda revealed Haley's surprise adoption to her Today co-stars on-air. "I do have something to tell you," she said while calling into the hit morning show on Tuesday, Feb. 21. "But, you know what, how about this — instead of telling you, I'm going to show you something. Do you have a picture you can put up for me?"
As the first photo of Hoda holding her adorable infant daughter flashed across the screen she exclaimed, "It's a baby girl!"
"That little girl, Haley Joy... I'm crying... is my daughter! I adopted her," Hoda said while holding back tears on the phone. "She's a [Valentine's Day] baby, so she's a little nugget... She is the love of my life."
"This little girl Haley is the luckiest girl," Today anchor Matt Lauer chimed in. "You’re going to be one of the most fantastic moms I can ever imagine."
"We are thrilled for you. You were made to be a mom," Hoda's fourth-hour co-host Kathie Lee Gifford added.
In a subsequent interview, Hoda revealed the special meaning behind her daughter's full name, Haley Joy Kotb. "Haley is because of Halley’s Comet. It was one of those things where I just picture her sailing through the sky," she said. "Joy, just because she brings us joy. She’s got a beautiful way about her."
For the full story on Hoda, pick up the latest issue of Closer Weekly, on newsstands now!
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