Just a week ago, Today show fans were wondering when, not if, Matt Lauer and his wife Annette Roque would divorce, divide assets and custody. But sources say a split may not happen as soon as everyone assumed.
An insider recently told People that Lauer “is fighting to save the marriage. He doesn’t want a divorce. Both of them, their first thought is their [three] children.”
The couple, who has been married since 1998, is "taking it day by day right now," another source told People. "His focus is on his family."
But Roque's father sees things differently. "I have no words for her husband," Henri Roque told Daily Mail. "What he has done is bad. Everybody feels betrayed. She is not going to stay with him and work it out. They are not together trying to work it out."
But it is unclear if Lauer and Roque's marriage can survive the scandal. After all, they have come close to splitting up in the past.
Roque actually filed for divorce in 2006, alleging that Lauer committed "cruel and inhumane" acts and showed "extreme anger and hostility" toward her. She withdrew the documents just three weeks later. There are now unconfirmed reports that Lauer offered Roque $5 million to call off the divorce so he could maintain his image as a family man.
They reportedly began living separate lives after the 2010 Olympics when Roque supposedly got upset about her husband partying and hanging out with other women in Vancouver. But at the time Lauer slammed the speculation as "a work of fiction."
Still, Lauer has been plagued by cheating allegations for years, including rumors that he had an affair with his former co-host, Natalie Morales.
"He was a player when she met him and she knew that," a former Lauer colleague told People. "Even many years ago, he was a flirt, a philanderer. He did his thing."
The recent sexual harassment allegations may be the final straw. But it is also possible that Lauer and Roque will continue living separate lives without getting divorced. Dividing countless assets is a headache that many celebrities don't want to deal with until they're in another serious relationship.
And in this case there's a lot of money at stake. Lauer had a $20 million contract with NBC at the time of his firing. The couple also owns several homes, including an 11-floor Manhattan apartment and a $36.5 million Hamptons estate. They also have another Hamptons estate on the market and a $9.2 million New Zealand ranch, though Lauer could lose the latter because New Zealand requires that foreign investors be "of good character."
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