MATT Lauer has lost trust in many people after his ex-cohost Katie Couric leaked his text messages in her book.
The NBC correspondent was fired in 2017 after he was accused of sexual misconduct.
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Now a source close to Matt, 64, has come forward saying he remains “withdrawn” from many he once considered to be close friends.
“He was really upset by Katie Couric’s book,” an insider revealed to People on Tuesday.
“She shared their private text messages and she semi-slammed him. It made him lose trust.
“His level of trust has just diminished with a lot of people he considered friends and much of that was because of Katie’s book, and because talking to people from his past is painful.”
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The source added that Matt is a “semi-empty nester, not working” as his two older kids Jack, 21, and Romy, 19 are in college and his youngest child 16-year-old Thijs is nearing the end of high school.
The former anchor was axed by the network after a former employee, Brooke Nevils, claimed he sexually harassed her.
She alleged that the TV personality raped her while they were in Sochi covering the 2014 Olympics where she was working with correspondent Meredith Vieira.
Though Matt has denied all misconduct, his cohost Katie Couric spoke out against him and included their text message conversations in her October 2021 memoir, Going There.
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Katie also spoke to People around the book release, saying that when she heard the allegations, it was “really, really hard” and it took her “a long time to process what was going on.
“The side of Matt I knew was the side of Matt I think you all knew. He was kind, generous, considerate, a good colleague,” she explained.
“I got more information and learned more about what was going on behind the scenes. And then I did some of my own reporting, talked to people, tried to excavate what had been going on. It was really devastating and also disgusting.
“I think what I realized is that there was a side of Matt I never really knew. I tried to understand why he behaved the way he did, and why he was so reckless, and callous, and honestly abusive to other women,” Katie claimed.
The reporter said she was “shocked” and called his actions “grossly inappropriate.”
“That’s not the Matt I knew. There’s a duality in human beings, and sometimes they don’t let you see both sides.”
Since the allegations, Matt has been living quietly with his girlfriend, Shamin Abas.
He has been dating the PR executive since 2021 following his divorce from his ex-wife, Annette Roque, in 2019.
The pair reportedly met through work 20 years ago and sparked romance four years after his controversy.
“She is a dedicated businesswoman who loves to work. She is independent and has made a nice life for herself,” the source added.
In 1998, he tied the knot with Dutch model, Annette Roque.
Roque initially filed for divorce from Lauer in 2006, however, the pair officially separated in 2017 amid his sexual harassment allegations.
He and Roque finalized their divorce in 2019.
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Getty – ContributorHe and his ex-wife Annette divorced in 2019 after the scandal broke[/caption]
Matt has been dating Shamin since 2021