Matt Lauer’s wife Annette wanted to leave him more than a decade before their divorce in 2019
Matt Lauer is known for his work with NBC News and appearances on “The Today Show,” but his discretion over the years has clouded all the great work he has done on television.
Matt Lauer was born to a Jewish father and a mother who did not adhere to any religion. So in search of a place to live spiritually, Lauer saw marriage and children as the solution.
And yet, one would assume that he would treat it regarding the pedestal on which he placed the marriage. Lauer, however, has dishonored his marriage to Annette Roque time and time again through extramarital affairs.
LAUER MARIE HIS FIRST WIFE
Lauer married Nancy Alspaugh in 1982, and seven years and no children later, the marriage ended. He would then marry Anette Roque, a Dutch model, in 1998, after only five months of dating. The two met on a blind date in July 1997.
Their marriage gave them three children, two sons and a daughter, but that was not enough to calm Lauer’s wandering eye even then.
In 2006, Roque was overwhelmed by her husband’s bossy nature and filed for divorce, accusing him of controlling everything, even the smallest decisions such as decorating, travel plans, and finances.
She also accused him of showing extreme hostility and anger towards her. In addition to this, she had suffered inhumane acts under the leadership of her husband. However, the two soon appeared to be reconciled and Roque went ahead and withdrew the documents.
THE NOT-SO PERFECT MARRIAGE
Their marriage seemed to be going well until 2010, when rumors grew that the couple had split amid accusations of infidelity, but the duo pulled out the guns and disputed the claims.
Lauer said their marriage was not perfect, but it was no different from any marriage that has lasted as long as theirs. He said:
“The accusations of infidelity are ridiculous and I’m not going to honor them with a response. This is not true. “
Roque also admitted that they had a bumpy marriage, but they were working on it. She dismissed the divided reports as false.
LAUER IS LICENSEED FROM “THE TODAY SHOW”
Fast forward to seven years later, and Lauer was back on the wrong side of the tabloids when he was accused of having an affair with former co-host Natalie Morales.
Rumors were said to have been the reason she left the morning show. Morales, however, denied the accusations, saying every aspect of the story was wrong.
And yet the accusations were only the tip of the iceberg. Lauer had yet to face much worse claims the following year when he was accused of sexual misconduct that led to his being fired from “The Today Show.”
In November 2017, “The Today Show” hosts Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie announced live that Lauer had been fired from the morning show over allegations of sexual misconduct.
The dismissal came after Brooke Nevil accused Lauer of imposing herself on her in Russia while they were covering the 2014 Winter Olympics. She was working with co-host Meredith Vieira when they met Lauer at the hotel bar at the end of the day.
The 21-year-old marriage riddled with infidelities was finally over.
Lauer invited Nevil back to her hotel room and did unprintable inhuman acts to him while she was drunk. She says that despite her repeated attempts to decline, Lauer went ahead and imposed himself on her.
Lauer, however, later denied the charges, saying the encounter could have been extramarital, but was consensual.
Following the accusations, three other women came forward to say that the popular TV personality also sexually harassed them, in a report released by Variety. Three days after the allegations, Lauer publicly apologized to his family.
He claimed to be sorry for the pain he caused his loved ones, admitting that while some of the stories circulated about him were false, they contained enough truth to make him feel ashamed and embarrassed.
Lauer went on to say that he knew the damage he caused would take a long time to repair, but he was committed to doing so. He ended the statement by saying that he was humbled to be around people who loved him and were patient with him.
Roque, who, according to a source, was already living apart from Lauer, never addressed the rape charges until their divorce was finalized.
Still, she did not speak directly to the matter and said, through her lawyers, that she was focusing on her children and had no further comments on the matter. An insider told US Weekly:
“Annette had wanted to get out of marriage for a long time. She stayed for Matt’s career and, more importantly, for their children. “
The source claimed that for some time the couple lived separate lives and chose to remain married only for the sake of their children, who at the time, as a source revealed, were mostly spending of their time in the Netherlands, while the oldest was in boarding school.
In December 2017, the couple’s relationship deteriorated and they were often seen with their wedding rings missing.
A few months later, de Roque’s father confirmed rumors that the two were not living together, while another source claimed the two were no longer seeking reconciliation. He continued:
“Annette is done playing the role of Matt’s faithful wife. Their marriage is completely over. At this point, all they have to do is settle their divorce and separate their assets.”
The source also confirmed that Lauer has started to come to terms with the fact that their marriage is over. And while Lauer had felt like he had lost everything overnight, the divorce slowly piled up and, ultimately, it was inevitable.
In August 2018, Lauer agreed to pay $ 20 million in divorce settlement. The 21-year-old marriage riddled with infidelities was finally over. Their divorce was long in coming, and in July 2019, it all came to an end.