Hoda Kotb is a well-known American broadcast journalist, television personality, and author. She is the co-anchor of the NBC News morning show Today and the co-host of its entertainment-focused fourth hour. She has also written several New York Times bestselling books, such as Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee and I Really Needed This Today: Words to Live By.
But what about her personal life? Is Hoda gay or straight? Who is she dating now? Here are some facts and rumors about her sexuality and love life.
Hoda Kotb is not gay
According to marriedbiography, Hoda Kotb is not gay. Her sexual orientation is straight. She has been married once and has dated several men in the past. She has also expressed her desire to find love again after her breakup with her ex-fiancé Joel Schiffman.
Hoda Kotb was married to Burzis Kanga, a former tennis coach at the University of New Orleans, from 2005 to 2008. The couple divorced after two years of marriage, and Hoda later revealed that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer during their relationship. She underwent a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, and has been cancer-free since then.
Hoda Kotb has also dated lawyer Jay Blumenkopf, corporate lawyer James P. Reid, and architect Peter R. Greenberg. However, none of these relationships lasted long.
Hoda Kotb was engaged to Joel Schiffman
In 2013, Hoda Kotb started dating Joel Schiffman, a New York City financier. The couple met at a book signing event and hit it off. They moved in together in 2016 and adopted two daughters, Haley Joy and Hope Catherine, in 2017 and 2019, respectively.
In November 2019, Hoda Kotb announced on Today that Joel Schiffman had proposed to her during a romantic vacation in Mexico. She showed off her engagement ring and gushed about her future husband. She said that he was “the guy that gives me butterflies at 50 years old.”
However, in January 2022, Hoda Kotb revealed on Today that she and Joel Schiffman had called off their engagement. She said that they had realized that they were better off as friends and co-parents, and that they still loved and respected each other. She also said that she was grateful for the time they had spent together and the family they had created.
Hoda Kotb is open to finding love again
Since her split from Joel Schiffman, Hoda Kotb has been single and focusing on her career and her children. However, she has also opened up about her hope to find love again in the future.
In June 2022, Hoda Kotb appeared on Bethenny Frankel’s podcast Just B and said that she was “open” to dating again. She said that she sometimes had a vision of a man walking with her and her kids, and that she knew she was “on the road” to finding love again.
In a June 2022 interview with People, Hoda Kotb said that she didn’t mind being single, as the show Sex and the City had made being single cool and empowered. She said that the show had taught her that if she had great relationships, she had enough.
Hoda Kotb also said that she was not looking for a perfect partner, but someone who was kind, honest, and fun. She said that she was not afraid to be vulnerable and to take risks in love. She said that she believed that love was possible at any age, and that she was excited for what the future might bring.