It’s been just over a week since former Today Show host, Matt Lauer, was fired from NBC for sexual misconduct, and by the looks of it he’s lost more than just his job and reputation. Yesterday he was spotted in Sag Harbor, NY without his wedding ring and divorce rumors are swirling.
Lauer has been married to Annette Roque, a Dutch-born former model, since 1998 and the couple share three children, sons Jack, 16, and Thijs, 11 and daughter Romy, 14. Roque has also reportedly ditched her ring and the two have been reportedly spending time apart.
Of the scandal, Roque’s father, Henri, told the Daily Mail, “I have no words for her husband. What he has done is bad. Everybody feels betrayed.” He added, "She is not going to stay with him and work it out."
Though the pair may look like they're calling it quits from all outward appearances, a source tells People “they’re taking it day by day right now,” and that Lauer’s “focus is on his family.”
Since the firing, Lauer has been accused of cheating on Roque throughout their marriage and according to the Daily News, she reportedly filed for divorce from Lauer in 2006 citing “cruel and inhumane acts” though the couple reconciled.
While Roque might finally be through with the 59-year-old newsman, his ex-wife, TV producer Nancy Alspaugh, has come to his defense telling Entertainment Tonight she was "shocked" over news of his firing. “He’s been the best person that’s ever held that job and I couldn’t imagine that anything that he would have done—that would have been so out of character for him—that would have caused that reaction,” she said.
Alspaugh had more positive things to say about her ex. “I think, for the people that really know him and really love him and they want to get the good stuff out. I want to get out the fact that he made a contribution to my nonprofit, that he helped me when my husband died. He’s just a very giving person and charming and I think a lot of this stuff is obviously going to come to light, whether it’s true or not, and some of the things that are being stated may not be true,” she continued. “We have to find that out, you know? As time goes on here, people should be aware there’s a family involved here. There are three children and that’s—I think it’s important to be aware that this can destroy a family. Reporting on accusations before they know whether they’re real or not.”
The author also cemented her "one hundred percent" support of Lauer. Time will tell whether his current wife feels the same way.
H/T: Us Weekly