Matt Lauer has been married to his wife, Annette Roque, for close to twenty years, but their ideal marriage is nothing like it seemed. In the aftermath of Lauer’s sexual harassment allegations and dismissal from Today, new details have emerged about Lauer’s marriage — and they aren’t pretty.
According to Closer Weekly, Lauer had beenfor years, and everyone close to the couple knew it. An insider claims that even crew members on Today knew that Lauer was having multiple affairs. They didn’t, however, know about the sexual misconduct, though most of his affairs were with people whom he supervised.
Even worse, the source revealed that Lauer and his wife didn’t even live in the same house. The Today host apparently lived in New York while his wife resided in the Hamptons.
Lauer’s marital problems stretch back to 2006 while his wife was pregnant with their third kid. Things got so bad that Roque filed for divorce, though she later withdrew the claim in court. In the filing, Roque claimed that Lauer’s conduct was dangerous to her well-being and that she didn’t feel safe living in the same home as him.
Lauer was apparently paying too much attention to his career and was never around to help raise the kids. Roque also said that Lauer suffered from anger problems and often got hostile with her. An inside source even claims that Lauer dished out $5 million so that Roque would stay with him and withdraw the divorce.
According to Fox News, Dr. Laura Berman, who appeared with Lauer on Today several times, admitted that she sent the former hostso that he could spice up his marriage. Berman says that Lauer asked her for advice on how to revive his sexual life with Roque. He apparently asked her about using sex toys in the bedroom and opened up about their marital struggles.
Lauer, however, didn’t want to purchase the toys himself and asked if Berman could do it for him. The report of the bag full of sex toys first surfaced when Lauer interviewed on The Meredith Vieira Show back in May 2016. Vieira admitted that she stumbled across the bag in Lauer’s office, though the segment was never officially aired.
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Lauer and Roque share three kids together: Jack, 16, Romy, 14, and Thijs, 11. Lauer has talked about his family on Today in the past and revealed that his kids look up to him because he sometimes interviews their favorite celebrities.
Shortly after he was fired from the show, Lauer allegedly picked up his oldest son from school to inform him what had transpired. In the aftermath of Lauer’s sexual assault scandal, his wife has reportedly fled to the Netherlands with their two youngest boys.
According to TMZ, Lauer has been spendingafter being fired from the show. He was also spotted wearing his wedding ring this past week, so it’s unclear if he and Roque are headed for divorce.