As Hoda Kotb‘s new cohost on Today, people are dying to know more about Jenna Bush Hager and, to be honest, her family is just as interesting as she is. The 37-year-old shares two kids (Margaret, 5, and Poppy, 3) with her husband of 10 years, Henry Hager, and together they have a very beautiful family.
When Jenna is not spending time at home or on the set of the talk show, she likes to hang out with her fraternal twin sister, Barbara Pierce Bush. Barbara is an activist who cofounded the nonprofit organization Global Health Corps and currently acts as its president. In 2017, Jenna and her sister released a book together called Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life that brought them even closer together.
“We’ve always felt lucky that we had each other to walk side-by-side as sisters through the extraordinary circumstances of our ordinary lives,” they previously told People. “We are so excited to share the stories that mean the most to us — from the ones that made us laugh to those that shaped us the most — and we hope to make Sisters First an entertaining read that will also give readers a more nuanced look behind the headlines.”
Barbara and Jenna have been joint at the hip since birth and, when Barbara married screenwriter Craig Coyne in a secret ceremony last October, she had to have her sister there for support.
“My heart exploded last night as I watched my dearest sissy get married in Maine. It was just like her: private (only family!) and full of love (and yes lots of tears!) 💕💕💕,” Jenna gushed via Instagram shortly after the wedding took place, later adding, “I’m so proud to be this beauty’s sister. ❤️💕💕❤️.” Awww!
Besides Barbara, Jenna also has a close relationship with dad and former U.S. president, George W. Bush, and mom, Laura Bush, our former first lady. While previously appearing on the Today show, Jenna remembered how happy her parents were when she and Barbara were born. Apparently, they were having trouble having a baby and were almost ready to give up and just adopt.
“You know, my parents put in their adoption papers before [my sister] and I were born,” Jenna explained to Kathie Lee Gifford. “They tried for five years and they weren’t getting pregnant — and I have a picture by my bed [of my parents] actually that they had sent to the adoption agency and my mom always says, ‘Doesn’t this look like a couple that’s just desperate for children?’ — and then the day they found out they’d been accepted to adopt, they found out they were pregnant with us.”
George and Laura always made sure that their kids cherished each other and had a solid relationship with their late grandparents, former U.S. president George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush. At age 94, George passed away in December 2018 from Parkinson’s disease and Barbara, 92, died a few months prior, in April 2018, due to COPD and congestive heart failure.
“Waking up missing this giant of a man who gave me everything,” she said shortly after her grandfather’s death via Instagram. “He taught me and my family about service, family, decency, the power of gentle words and a beautiful heart. I will miss him desperately but so happy he and my Grandmother are back together.”
Even though George and Barbara couldn’t see Jenna become a permanent cohost on Today, we bet they’d be so proud of their granddaughter!