Things aren’t looking good for Matt Lauer’s marriage. Although Lauer and Annette Roque spent Christmas together at their farm in the Hamptons, insiders claim that she still wants out following his shocking sexual harassment scandal. Is the former Today host’s marriage headed for divorce?
An inside source told Hollywood Life that Roque is putting on a good public face for the sake of their kids. The former model is doing her best to make it through the holidays as a family but is fully planning on leaving Lauer in 2018.
The source also claims that Lauer’s marriage has been in shambles for years and his recent scandal pushed Roque over the edge. The couple apparently remained together only out of necessity and to ensure that their children had normal lives.
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Fox News reports that Lauer and Roque spent Christmas as a family at their horse farm in the Hamptons. Roque and Lauer were at the farm at the same time, though he left separately, and she was seen without her wedding ring.
The couple has not said anything about their crumbling marriage, but it is clear that things have taken a turn for the worse. At the center of the couple’s problems is Lauer’s sexual harassment scandal, which led to his removal from the Today show earlier this year.
Multiple women, mostly co-workers, have come forward and accused Lauer of inappropriate sexual behavior. A few ladies even claim that Lauer cheated on his wife by sleeping with them. Lauer also allegedly kept sex toys in the workplace and exhibited questionable behavior for years before getting caught.
The inside source says that the scandal was the finally straw for Roque, who apparently had been thinking about leaving Lauer for years. Unfortunately for the Lauer family, it looks like 2018 is going to be a rough year.
“Annette has wanted out of the marriage for ages,” the source revealed. “And the harassment scandal has proved to be the tipping point that she needed to pull the trigger.”
Lauer and Roque have been married since 1998. The two share three children together — Jack, Romy, and Thijs. Roque filed divorce papers during her last pregnancy, though she eventually withdrew the claim and reconciled with Lauer.
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While it looks like Roque has been thinking about divorce for years, USA Today reports that Lauer’s sexual harassment scandal came as a huge surprise to some of his colleagues.
Willie Geist, who occasionally filled in for Lauer on the Today show, just revealed that he was shocked when he learned about Lauer’s inappropriate behavior and admitted that he always thought of Lauer as his mentor and friend.
Geist also shut down the rumors that he will replace Lauer on the morning talk show and revealed that NBC has not approached him about the position. Instead, Geist says that he is happy with his duties on Morning Joe and doesn’t feel like moving would be a good idea.
Matt Lauer has not commented on the marriage rumors, though he did issue an apology for his actions.