American broadcast journalist Hoda Kotb has had enough romance and is now prioritizing her life and her kids.
She was in a nearly three-year-long marital union with Burzis Kanga from 2005 to 2008, then moved on to a relationship with New York financier Joel Schiffman in 2013, leading to their engagement in 2019.
Unfortunately, Kotb and Schiffman went their separate ways in January after eight years of passion. Regardless, the onscreen star enjoys every moment of being single and is in no rush to find love yet.
Hoda Kotb Says She Enjoys Life And Kids Following Split From Former Partner
The three friends talked with ET Online about the coming months, which Hager described as ” a feral girl summer, and we’re leading the charge!”
Kotb was equally excited about the near future, but she admitted to “tiptoeing along” regarding her return to the dating world.
She added, “I’m really enjoying my kids and my life. I’m treasuring this time.” Her friends supported her decision, and Guthrie proclaimed that anyone who wanted to date Kotb would have to go through her and Hager.
Hager chipped in, “Yeah, and good luck. She’s got two sisters who are wildly protective. Good luck!”
Kotb And Fiance Joel Schiffman Split After 8 Years
As you may know, Kotb previously announced her separation from her ex-partner on the “Today” show, stating that they would remain friends and co-parent their daughters, Haley, 5, and Hope, 2.
She shared, “Joel and I have had, we’ve had a lot of prayerful and really meaningful conversations over the holidays, and we decided that we’re better as friends and parents than we are as an engaged couple.”
The “Lee and Hoda” host gave no precise reason for the split, but she mentioned that their relationship was not supposed to exist for “a lifetime.”
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She explained, “It’s not like something happened. They say sometimes relationships are meant to be there for a reason or a season or for a lifetime. And I feel like ours was meant to be there for a season.”
As The Blast reported, sharing the news to the public was pretty strange and uncomfortable for Kotb, but she believed she had to speak the truth about the challenging, life-altering path.
Kotb elaborated, “I think a lot of women know what this feels like in this moment to be changing course in life, and I feel really brave in this moment … Sometimes in your life, you just have to say the truth.”
Her candid speech was much-loved by fans who took no time in flooding her with love, support, and the best wishes while also expressing their sadness about the end of her engagement.
Speaking of the TV star’s engagement, several months after Schiffman proposed, famed musician Dolly Parton gave the pair sound marriage advice, stressing the importance of friendship and happiness.
Parton, who has been married to Carl Thomas Dean for more than 55 years, also told Kotb that “laughter was truly the best medicine” for all marriages and relationships.
The counsel sounded pretty solid, but unfortunately, the 57-year-old currently does not have to worry about relationships as she has no plans to get into romance soon.
The Former “Dateline NBC” Correspondent Speaks On Cancer And Motherhood Dilemma
A few months ago, The Blast reported Kotb’s struggles with cancer and motherhood, which she openly talked about for the April 2022 issue of Good Housekeeping.
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The “Today” co-anchor went through a mastectomy surgery for breast cancer in 2007, which sadly reduced the possibility of her being able to freeze her eggs.
She recalled her oncologist telling her that her age and the breast cancer treatment made it impossible for her to conceive.
The news was heartbreaking, but she pushed her thoughts aside since reality was unbearable as she could not have what she genuinely wanted. Nevertheless, she is now a mother to her two adopted bundles of joy.
The Virginia Tech alum further spoke on being a mother at an older age, noting that the experience was not tricky, which she believed would have been the other way round if she was younger.
She divulged, “I find myself being so much calm than I ever would have been at a younger age. You realize we sometimes blow things out of proportion.”