Now that Matt Lauer has been fired from Today following sexual harassment allegations, fans are curious to learn all about the TV star's personal life, including whether or not he is married, if he has kids, and more! Scroll down for more info about Matt's wife and family!
Yes, Matt has been married to former model Annette Roque, 50, since Oct. 3, 1998 — next year marks their 20th wedding anniversary. Following his shock firing from Today, new details emerged about Matt's extramarital affairs and one source alleged "everyone knew" that he "regularly cheated on his wife." The insider added, "His wife lives in the Hamptons and he lives in the city, but we never heard he made unwanted moves." A former Today employee also told People that "everyone on staff knew he cheated regularly on his wife." The staffer continued, "That wasn’t a secret, but sexual [misconduct] is a shock. He was friendly and approachable with everyone, and was very well-liked." Another source revealed, "There was most definitely more than one [affair and] they were never with anyone whom [Matt] didn’t have significant seniority over."
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While Matt and his wife, Annette, have been married for nearly two decades, things haven't always so great between the two. A few years ago, rumors swirled that they were getting divorced. It was previously reported by In Touch that in 2006 (when she was pregnant with the couple's third child), Annette actually filed for divorce from Matt, but withdrew the lawsuit just weeks later. "The conduct of defendant [Matt] so endangers the physical and mental well-being of the plaintiff [Annette] so as to render it unsafe and improper for plaintiff to cohabit with defendant," Nancy Chemtob, an attorney for the former model, reportedly argued in the legal documents.
"Defendant has continuously and repeatedly given higher priority to... personal interests than his family obligations to plaintiff, causing plaintiff to feel abandoned, isolated and alone in raising the parties' children," Chemtob stated. At the time, Annette also allegedly expressed that Matt had "extreme anger and hostility" towards her. Following Matt's Today scandal, Page Six reported that the news anchor and his wife have been "living separate lives for years." One insider noted, "I’ve seen her in Manhattan only once or twice... While Matt is always out and about with his kids and very pleasant, he is never with Annette." Additionally, the outlet alleged Matt paid Annette $5 million to remain married when she wanted to divorce him back in 2006. "Matt needed to stay in the marriage to keep his reputation as America’s nicest dad. He is, in fact, a... very doting dad to his kids, but he is also a terrible husband," a source revealed.
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Yes. Matt has three children: Jack, 16, Romy, 14, and Thijs, 11. In a previous Facebook chat for Today, Matt joked that he’s "not famous at home. I’m just Papa." And even though he's said his kids don't like when their dad gets attention in public, they are impressed with the interviews he's done in the past. "I’m lucky because I actually get to interview most of the people my kids become obsessed with," he said. "I was a very popular dad when Ariana Grande was on the show last summer." After being terminated by NBC, a source told People that Matt's "family is his focus at the moment."
Not long after he was let go from Today, Matt reportedly left NYC to pick up his eldest child, Jack, from school and tell the teenager about his firing face-to-face. "Matt’s first thought was that he needed to explain this to his son Jack in person, as it would be far more painful for him to read about it in the press and online. Matt drove out to Jack’s prep school this morning," a source revealed.
Because Matt's Today gig was located in Manhattan's Rockefeller Center, the television veteran primarily resided in NYC in a Park Avenue apartment. However, his wife, Annette, and their children reportedly live year-round in a $36.5 million home in the Hamptons. According to Business Insider, the Lauer's family waterfront home — built in 1902 — is 19,000-square-feet and includes a pool and deep-water dock. The property was reportedly previously owned by actor Richard Gere.
Following his Today firing, Matt's wife, Annette, reportedly left New York to return to her Netherlands hometown with the couple's two youngest children. "Annette has taken their two younger kids out of school and is believed to have left the US and gone to her family in her native country," a source told Page Six.
Before tying the knot with Annette, Matt was hitched to Nancy Alspaugh from 1981 until their divorce in 1988. The couple never had any children together.
Matt was born on Dec. 30, 1957, so that makes him 59 years old.
With Matt Lauer's firing comes his loss of an estimated $20 million-a-year contract. However, Celebrity Net Worth predicts he's worth an estimated $80 million, while others have said he's worth closer to $60 million. An exact number has not been confirmed by Matt. In early December, reports claimed that Matt's lawyers were fighting for him to receive the remainder of his salary after his was fired, however, the disgraced host will reportedly not receive any more money from NBC. "[Matt] will not be paid past his last day of work," a senior NBC News source told CNN Money.
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