Today's Host Hoda Kotb Talks About Adoption After Bout With Cancer [VIDEO]
Hoda Kotb decided it was not too late to be a mom at the age of 52. The NBC Today's show host spoke out about adopting a newborn baby she brought home less than 10 days ago. She named her daughter Haley Joy who was born on Valentine's Day.
Ten years ago, Kotb had a battle with breast cancer that left her unable to conceive. Her two-year marriage with Burzis Kanga, a tennis coach, ended just a year after recovering from cancer.
The NBC journalist admitted that becoming a mom was the fulfillment of one of her lifelong dreams. She was emotional as she recounted her recent journey into motherhood. Kotb found it difficult to accept the reality that she would be unable to have a child, the People reports. Her friends at work were unaware of her desire to be a mom.
Kotb has been in a three-year relationship with her 58-year old boyfriend, financier Joel Schiffman. He had been supportive from the first time they talked about adoption. Last year, the two had been discussing their plan to live together when she brought up the subject. Although she had given him the time to think about the matter, Schiffman gave it the thumbs up right away.
She was in high spirits as she described the delightful changes she was going through as Haley Joy's mom. Kotb is taking the time off to be with her bundle of joy.
Recently, Matt Lauer, her co-host at Today, visited them at their apartment on his day off. He complimented Kotb on Today show saying she was going to be the best mom and that her daughter was the luckiest baby girl in the world.
Kotb's celebrity friends have been sending with her plenty of presents, according to the E! News.