Sources are offering an inside look at some of the marriage struggles faced by Matt Lauer and wife Annette Roque.
NBC News fired Matt from the “Today” show last week for “inappropriate sexual behavior,” and now insiders tell People that Lauer was often unfaithful to his model wife of 19 years.
One friend told the magazine, “By Matt’s own admission there were struggles and challenges with his wife. Like many couples, they struggled with a modern marriage.”
A former colleague weighed in too, saying, "Annette was bothered by his reputation as a ladies’ man. He was a player when she met him and she knew that. Even many years ago, he was a flirt, a philanderer. He did his thing.”
Roque reportedly filed for divorce in 2006, but withdrew the petition three weeks later. The former colleague said that after that Matt and Annette “lived totally separate lives.”
She stayed in the Hamptons with the children, while he worked in the city during the week. The insider noted that while Matt was a good father, he “was essentially a single guy.”
“Extra” spoke with Lauer in 1998, ahead of his wedding, and asked if he was going to miss being a single guy. He replied, “Not a bit. I’m not a single guy now… I haven’t been for the last five years. I go to bed at 9:30 at night, I’m up at 4 in the morning. I’ve never lived that ‘single lifestyle,’ so this is just a wonderful transition.”
When asked if he recommended falling in love, Lauer assured, “It sure beats what is second.”
Now, sources tell People that Matt and Annette are living under one roof in the Hamptons, but taking it one day at a time. Both have been spotted without their wedding rings.
After the firing, Lauer shared a statement with “Today," in which he apologized for the pain and shame his actions caused others, saying, "There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this, I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC.”
Lauer continued, “Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly. Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching, and I’m committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full time job. The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws. It’s been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace.”