Matt Lauer and Ringless Wife Spotted at Horse Farm, Fuel Divorce Speculations
Matt Lauer was spotted on Saturday, Dec. 23 with his estranged wife and former model Annette Roque and the couple’s 14-year-old daughter, Romy, according to E! Online.
The report pointed to the apparent lack of wedding ring on the hand of Roque, as the trio were seen together at a horse farm they own in Sag Harbor, New York, on the eastern end of Long Island.
Roque’s father earlier told reporters his daughter had ditched her wedding ring and was planning to divorce the disgraced former NBC anchor, who was fired from the network for sexual misconduct in the workplace.
“She is not going to stay with him and work it out. They are not together trying to work it out,” Henri Roque, 76, told the Daily Mail. “I have no words for her husband. What he has done is bad. Everybody feels betrayed.”
Three days earlier, on Dec. 20, a stern-looking Roque was seen heading into the office of law firm Latham & Watkins in Manhattan, PageSix reported.
According to that report, Roque was meeting with lawyers about “squeezing a bigger settlement” out of the embattled former “Today” anchor if the couple does go ahead with ending their 20-year marriage.
Lauer and Roque were photographed at Bright Side Farm on Saturday, the horse training and riding facility that the two opened back in 2013.
It appeared the two were there to watch their daughter ride.
They have three children together, son Jack Matthew (born in 2001), daughter Romy (born in 2004), and son Thijs (born in 2006).
While pregnant with Thijs, Roque had filed for divorce citing cruel and inhumane treatment and Lauer’s extreme anger and hostility towards her. She later reconsidered. The rumor was, according to another source, that Lauer offered her a postnuptial agreement that promised her up to $5 million for staying in the marriage.
Lauer was fired after a slew of gross sexual misconduct allegations were exposed in a Nov. 29 Variety report.
A telling detail was that Lauer had a button installed on his desk that could lock the door to his office, multiple sources said.
“His office was in a secluded space, and he had a button under his desk that allowed him to lock his door from the inside without getting up. This afforded him the assurance of privacy,” Variety wrote.
In a statement read aloud at the start of the following day’s broadcast of the “Today” show, Lauer apologized for what he called his “troubling flaws.”
Lauer said in his statement that some of the accusations against him were “untrue or mischaracterized,” but that “there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed.”
Ivan Pentchoukov and Peter Svab contributed to this report.