Hoda Kotb says she’s discovered her footing co-parenting with Joel Schiffman after their breakup.
“He’ll have a Saturday, and I’ll do the Sunday,” she defined of the association. “We switch each week. He’ll take the girls and do some fun things, and I’ll take some quiet time. It’s a healthy mix, and the kids love it. He’s a great dad… We share these beautiful daughters — lucky us.”
Kotb stated communication and adaptability have been key with Schiffman, a businessman who additionally has an grownup daughter from a earlier relationship.
“‘Does that work for you?’ ‘Do you need me to change that?’ We’re very open about fixing things so that everybody’s needs are being met,” she defined, noting they have two nannies to assist as nicely.
Kotb stated the women are “doing really well” within the wake of the break up, “and I feel very peaceful.” She added, “I also know I’m on the right road.”
Of the breakup after eight years — and delaying their wedding ceremony a number of occasions on account of COVID — Kotb stated there are not any dangerous emotions between them.
“I don’t regret one day, not one minute, not one second of our time together because it brought me here,” she stated of Schiffman, 64. “I have two incredible children I share with him. And it’s because of Joel that I have Haley and Hope, without question. I think I might have been too afraid to do it alone. That’s not something I love to admit, but it’s true.”
Kotb stated she “never thought” she’d have a household after her divorce and breast most cancers battle. She adopted for the primary time at 52.
“I always imagined family as my mom, my dad, my brother, my sister,” she admitted. “I envisioned it that way until I was 50. Imagine someone saying, ‘Hey, guess what? You’re actually going to have a whole other family.’ It still surprises me! It delights me to know that I have Haley and Hope… It blows my mind that I get to have this adorable little family that’s just right for me.”
And, sure, she nonetheless plans to adopt a third child. “It’s definitely in the universe for me. I feel like whatever is meant to be is meant to be.”
Kotb, who was beforehand divorced, additionally stays optimistic about love.
“I’ve had past loves, and I feel like I’ll have future loves,” she stated. “Once you know who you are all the way, then love can come in. You know how people say the older you get, the more you know who you are? I think someone who meets me now will meet me for real.”
Kotb introduced on Today in January that she and Schiffman have been ending their 8-year relationship. She defined they “are better as friends and parents.”
The pair began relationship in 2015 and have become engaged in 2019. They adopted Haley in 2017 and Hope in 2019.