Hoda Kotb Celebrates Her 'Handsome' Boyfriend Joel Schiffman's 60th Birthday with a Sweet Snap
Hoda Kotb celebrated boyfriend Joel Schiffman's 60th birthday on Wednesday
Hoda Kotb is celebrating someone very special in her life.
The Today show co-anchor’s longtime boyfriend Joel Schiffman turned 60 on Wednesday, and in honor of his birthday, Kotb, 53, gave him a sweet social media shout-out.
“Happy birthday handsome!” Kotb captioned a smiling snap of the pair posted on Instagram.
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Sitting down with Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in January, Kotb — who was previously married to Burzis Kanga from 2005-07 — opened up about the possibility of marrying Schiffman.
“Maybe, we might,” she said on the talk show. “I feel like everything’s great. He’s Haley’s dad. I’m Haley’s mom. We’re together. I feel like there’s not a rush other than we’re old, and we probably, if we’re going to do it, we might as well do it. But I think it’s fun like this. I don’t mind it. … We’re enjoying our lives. Yeah, I think we’re good this way.”
“I had thought about having kids for a long, long time,” she told DeGeneres. “But one day I was sitting with my boyfriend and I said to him, ‘I’m going to have to talk to you about something because I can’t push it down anymore, push it away,’ ” she explained. “I said, ‘Don’t answer now. Take a day, take a week, take some time. But I want to talk to you about this.’ And he said, ‘Okay, what is it?’ And I said, ‘I would like to explore adoption with you.’
Kotb said Schiffman, who has his own adult daughter currently studying law, didn’t hesitate. “He looked at me and said, ‘I don’t need a day,’ ” she said. “And I knew I’d chosen the right man.”