The two have been hitched for over two decades, and even though they work at rival networks — Al is at NBC and Deborah is at ABC — the couple shares the most adorable love story. And as it actually turns out, Al and Deborah first met when the journalist was married to his first wife, Alice Bell.
The former pair were together from 1984 until their divorce was finalized in 1994, and during their union, they welcomed their only daughter, Courtney. Even though the TV personality was a married man when he crossed paths with Deborah, the ABC star praised Al for being “so sweet.”
“He showed me pictures of his daughter and talked about his family,” she recalled to People of the first time she met Al when she was an NBC reporter in 1990. But because of his relationship status, she didn’t think anything of it. “I just thought he was a nice guy, and that was that,” she noted.
For the next two years, Deborah worked in Atlanta and Miami, while Al — who announced his prostate cancer diagnosis in November 2020 — was still in New York. And when she finally moved back in 1992, he had already split from Alice, so Al romanced Deborah by doing things like leaving her flowers and stocking her fridge up with food.
In 1994, the You Look So Much Better in Person author proposed to the journalist at the Grand Canyon. The lovebirds wed the following year on September 16, 1995. Three years later, they welcomed their daughter, Leila, in November 1998, followed by their son, Nicholas, in July 2002.
Today, after more than 25 years of marriage, Al and Deborah couldn’t be more in love. “I love the fact that he tries to take things in stride in a very warm and funny way,” Deborah once gushed of her hubby on Today. Al sweetly added, “She’s a very compassionate person and I think has instilled that in our kids and a lot of it [has] rubbed off on me.”
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