NOT ONLY is Hoda Kotb a popular TV anchor but she’s also a children’s book author.
She often cites her own journey in motherhood as her creative inspiration.
Hoda Kotb and her ex-fiancé Joel Schiffman share two adopted children togetherInstagram/Hoda Kotb
How many kids does Hoda Kotb have?
Hoda Kotb has two daughters named Haley and Hope.
The Today Show co-host and her then-fiancé Joel Schiffman adopted daughter Haley in 2017 and adopted their second daughter Hope in 2019.
When she and Joel adopted their first daughter Haley, Hoda shared with USA Today: “She changed my whole life, really. She started it. I feel like my life started again.
“I can’t even imagine what it was like before her. I feel like everything began again.
“If I lost everything in my life today…but I had her, I’d be so fine.
“She will be loved unconditionally for her whole life by me.”
What has Hoda Kotb said about adoption?
Previously, the pair planned to adopt a third child and had filled out the paperwork in October 2020.
However, Kotb said the Covid-19 pandemic slowed down the process considerably.
When Kotb told PEOPLE they had decided to adopt again, she said, “(We) have had many conversations about it. Can we? Yes.
“Will our family be better with it? Yes. Do we have enough love in the house? Yes.
“All the answers seem to say yes. So I think then you just wait and see if it’s meant to be.”
In July 2021, she went into further detail during a sitdown on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen and said the agency told her and Joel there weren’t as many children up for adoption.
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“They said that a lot of people who maybe normally would feel like it would be something they’d want to do — have a child and give it to someone to raise because they couldn’t — are holding on to things because they don’t have anything at that moment. That’s what I’ve heard from our agency,” the TODAY host disclosed.
“You know what’s funny about the adoption stuff that’s going on now, apparently it’s really slow during this time, during Covid.
“I thought it would be a different game. Everything’s slow but they say wait wisely and just be, so we’re just going to be.”
Why did Hoda Kotb and Joel Schiffman call off their engagement?
On January 31, 2022, Kotb opened up about the details behind her split from Schiffman after eight years together.
“Joel and I have had a lot of prayerful and meaningful conversations over the holidays and we decided that we are better as friends and parents than we are as an engaged couple, so we decided we are going to start this new year on our new path as loving parents to our adorably delightful children and as friends,” Kotb said on Today with Hoda and Jenna.
When announcing their split, Kotb said Schiffman was a “great guy” and they would continue to “be good parents to those two lovely kids,” but that it was time to move on.
“It’s not like something happened,” she said. “They say sometimes relationships are meant to be there for a reason, a season or a lifetime, this was for a season.”