Are wedding bells ringing for Hoda Kotb? In a new interview on The Ellen Show, the 53-year-old Today star gushed she “might” marry her longtime boyfriend Joel Schiffman in the near future! “Maybe, we might. I feel like everything’s great. He’s my [daughter] Haley’s dad. I’m Haley’s mom. We’re together,” Hoda told Ellen DeGeneres on Monday, Jan. 22.
“I feel like there’s not a rush other than we’re old, and if we’re going to do it, we might as well do it. I think it’s fun like this. I don’t mind it. We’re doing our lives. Yeah, I think we’re good this way,” she continued. Hoda has been dating NYC financier Joel, 59, since 2013 and the couple moved in together in late 2016. 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 — has been and will continue to be a big part of the little one’s life.
“I had thought about having kids for a long, long time. But one day I was sitting with my boyfriend and I said to him, ‘I’m going to have to talk to you about something because I can’t push it down anymore, push it away,'” Hoda recalled during her sit-down with Ellen. “I said, ‘Don’t answer now. Take a day, take a week, take some time. But I want to talk to you about this.’ And he said, ‘OK, what is it?’ And I said, ‘I would like to explore adoption with you.'”
“He looked at me and said, ‘I don’t need a day,'” Hoda continued. “And I knew I’d chosen the right man.” In a recent exclusive interview with Closer Weekly, a source close to Hoda revealed she’s “over the moon” in love with Joel and hopes they’ll get engaged soon! “They had long discussions about the future. Joel told Hoda he wants to marry her and raise Haley. Of course, she was thrilled.”
In another interview, Hoda gushed about Joel’s relationship with little Haley.
“[Joel] has been so great. He’s such a great dad and a great influence,” she confessed. If Hoda does tie the knot with Joel, it would be her second marriage. She was previously hitched to University of New Orleans tennis coach Burzis Kanga from 2005 until 2007. Hoda previously told Closer of Joel, “[He] is the right person [for me]. I do feel like he is the last one. He showed me that anything is possible.” We hope Hoda and Joel get married soon — they’re beyond adorable together!