After two decades of marriage, insiders say that Matt Lauer and his estranged wife Annette Roque are on the brink of divorce because they cannot fix the damage in their marriage, and the split isn’t going to be cheap.
NBC fired the disgraced former Today Show host last November after alleged inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace, and that just put even more pressure on the long-strained relationship.
The 51-year-old Roque once filed for divorce from Lauer back in 2006 because of “cruel and inhumane” behavior but withdrew the petition three weeks later. Then, a legal source claims that she shopped for a divorce lawyer again in 2014.
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But now, it looks like a split is imminent, however, dividing up the couple’s considerable assets will not be a simple task. At the time of his firing, Time estimated Lauer’s earnings during his NBC career to be over $100 million, with the 60-year-old’s annual salary being $25 million during his last few years at the network.
According to People, Lauer and Roque own a mansion in the Hamptons, where she currently lives with their three children while he lives in the guest house, and sources say they bought the home from Richard Gere back in 2016 for $36.5 million.
They also own a property in nearby Sag Harbor that they have put on the market for $12.75 million and a Manhattan townhouse that is up for sale for $7.35 million.
“Certainly, if I were [Annette’s] lawyer I would be looking at getting something close to 50 percent,” says New York divorce attorney Bernard Post, who is not involved in the case.
Judith Poller, who has handled divorces for celebrities like Drew Barrymore, says that the divorce will not play out in the press and the couple will do everything quietly. Her guess is that Roque will get the Hamptons home and a cash settlement, but no spousal support. However, she believes Lauer will pay child support.
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Poller also says that Lauer’s admission of infidelity would not change the amount of money Roque will get in the divorce. She says that New York is a no-fault state, and Roque would only get more than fifty percent if Lauer’s conduct was so terrible that it shocked the court. She says, “Cheating may be sleazy, but it’s not shocking.”
Both attorneys agree that the couple will likely keep things civil for the sake of their three children because even though people can be angry with each other, they will still work together out of respect for the kids.
Matt Lauer has not commented on the status of his marriage.