American broadcaster Hooda Kotb isn’t on good terms when it comes to relationships. This is so because it is known that Hoda Kotb has reportedly broken her engagement with her fiance Joel Schiffman.
The couple was together for over eight years but got engaged in 2019 only. Their relationship was a well-praised one they have two daughters too. The elder daughter Haley is 4 and Hope is 2 years old.
The news of the break-up between the broadcaster and the 63-year old financer came when Hoda Kotb on Monday announced that she has decided to call off their engagement in December itself.
According to her, during the engagement, she realized that the marriage won’t work. Also, she was getting numerous questions about her engagement ring being absent in many pictures. So she announced it on Monday.
News on co-parenting the two girls or sharing the custody hasn’t been announced yet. There is no official information concerning how the daughters gonna reside. But it is somehow hinted that both of them will be co-parenting.
Hoda said that “Over the holidays, Joel and I had a lot of prayerful and really meaningful conversations, and we decided that we’re better as friends and parents than we are as an engaged couple.”
She further added that “So we decided to start this new year on our new path as loving parents to our adorable, delightful children and as friends.” So in totality, they have decided to stay friends even after their split.
“It’s not like something occurred,” she continued. Relationships, it is said, are sometimes meant to be there for a purpose, for a season, or a lifetime. And I believe ours was only supposed to remain there for a short time.”
Kotb explained that she had been unsure how to break the news. Further, she also wanted to address the incoming viewer inquiries about why she wasn’t wearing her engagement ring.
Kotb, who took a break from the show after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this year, had previously used it to share happy news about her life. One of them also includes her engagement to financier Schiffman and the adoption of her daughter Hope.
Surprisingly both of which happened in 2019, which is why she said she now wanted to share this news. She further addressed the plight of women when it comes to breaking a marital or any sort of relationship.
“I believe a lot of ladies understand how it feels to change one’s life path. And I’m feeling pretty courageous right now, which is an odd feeling,” she explained. “However, there are moments in life when you must speak the truth.”
“We are both okay and we are both kind of continuing on our way and our journey,” she continued after breaking the news with co-host Jenna Bush Hager. And we’ll be wonderful parents to those two adorable children.”