After losing his job, Matt Lauer is terrified of losing his wife too. The former Today show anchor is doing everything he can to save his 19-year marriage to Annette Roque, 52. The couple has been spending time together with their three kids around their Sag Harbor, NY home, in an effort to rekindle their relationship.
"Matt’s begging Annette not to divorce him,” a source tells Life & Style. “He’s trying to convince her that this scandal could actually make them stronger. He’s making promises, saying all the right things, and he’s more available than ever. Annette sees that, but she’s still very conflicted.”
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Of course, the 60-year-old journalist's fear that his marriage might be coming to an end isn't a baseless worry. After sexual harassment allegations came out about him, Annette began meeting with divorce lawyers. She previously filed for divorce from her husband in 2006, citing “mental abuse, extreme mental and emotional distress, humiliation, torment, and anxiety,” but later withdrew the filing weeks later after he offered her a post-nuptial agreement with millions more dollars, a source told Page Six.
"The post-nup will likely specify how much Annette would get if they divorce, but she is expected to challenge it given Matt’s earnings since 2006," the source added. "And given how he has humiliated her. There are also issues over all the property and land they own, both in the Hamptons and abroad.”
The couple has clearly been having marital issues for years — and it wasn't a secret to Matt's colleagues. In fact, it was widely known that he regularly cheated on his wife.
"His wife lives in the Hamptons and he lives in the city, but we never heard he made unwanted moves," a former Today show employee told People. "Everyone on staff knew he cheated regularly on his wife. That wasn’t a secret, but sexual [misconduct] is a shock. He was friendly and approachable with everyone, and was very well-liked."