The NBC star launched the fourth hour of the Today show on Monday by explaining why she hasn’t been wearing her engagement ring.
After six years of dating, Hoda announced that she and her boyfriend, Joel Schiffman, were engaged in November 2019. The couple, who met in the summer of 2013, wished to marry “sooner rather than later.”
Their wedding date was put back several times owing to the coronavirus outbreak. Hoda has now confirmed that she and Joel had broken their engagement and are no longer together.
“Over the holidays, Joel and I had a lot of thoughtful and really deep conversations, and we realized that we’re better as friends and parents than as an engaged couple,” Hoda told Today’s Jenna Bush Hager.
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“We chose to start this new year and begin it on our new route as loving parents to our lovely, delightful children and as friends,” Hoda Kotb concluded. It’s not as if something terrible happened. Relationships, it is said, are sometimes destined to be there for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. And I believe ours was only meant to be there for a short time.”
She confessed that, while it was strange and unpleasant to share this information, she felt it was vital. “I feel like we share the happy portions of our lives all the time… and the terrible parts we just want to forget about,” Hoda remarked. “But I think a lot of women understand how it feels to be changing courses in life right now, and I feel extremely gutsy right now… Sometimes you simply have to tell it like it is.”
Fans flooded social media with heartwarming responses after hearing the Today coanchor open up about what’s going on in her personal life. One individual said on Instagram, “We support you no matter what and will always be with you.” “I’m very sorry you and Joel’s plans didn’t work out. Thank you for being so forthright about such a personal topic. You’re brave, and you’ll make it through. “You’re teaching your daughters how to be a good mom and a good partner,” another fan commented. “I am heartbroken to hear this news, Hoda, yet I am delighted for you… You are quite brave for speaking and acting on your convictions. Joel and the kids, I wish you all the best. The most exciting part is still to come! You are incredible, strong, intelligent, and stunning!” On Twitter, a follower made a remark.
Hoda first met Joel at a Wall Street event where she was speaking. The couple went public with their love in 2015 after The Daily Mail published images of them together after dating for two years.
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Hoda and Joel Schiffman moved in together about this time, and they began talking about starting a family through adoption. Hoda and Joel brought their first child, a daughter called Haley Joy, into the world in 2017. In 2019, their family expanded once more with the birth of a second daughter, Hope Catherine.
Hoda has shared many nice family moments with fans on Instagram throughout the years. Despite the fact that Joel is no longer in the spotlight, the two will coparent their children behind the scenes.
“He’s a really kind man.” I consider myself fortunate to have spent eight years with him because he is a very kind and kind person. We’re both fine and on our way down our respective paths, and we’ll be terrific parents to those two lovely children.”