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Hoda Kotb Reveals What It's like to Get Engaged at 55 after Boyfriend Joel Schiffman's Recent Proposal

Olawale Ogunjimi
Dec 06, 2019
01:00 P.M.
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The famous co-host of Today, Hoda Kotb, explained how, at the age of 55, everything in her life seems to be out of order but at the same time, right on time.


In an interview with People, Hoda shared details about her engagement with her boyfriend of six years, Joel Schiffman. 

The "Today" talk show host explained that she never saw herself walking down the aisle again, or even thought she'd ever have the privilege to experience motherhood. 

Hoda Kotb on the "Today" show on Monday, September 23, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images


She went further to say that if someone had told her as a little girl that at the age of 50, she would meet someone and fall in love, and at 55, have kids, she would have been like "what?"

That's, however, her life right now, and it's perfect as it is. Hoda revealed that if Joel said they should get married right away, she would and that they would probably have a destination wedding at the same place they got engaged. She said:

"Everything may look out of order, and it kind of feels it a little bit, but it is all right on time."


Hoda's only request is that the day be fun and she wants everyone to come as they are, since that's how she intends to live the rest of her life.  

Hoda surprised her fellow co-hosts with the news of her engagement while on air on the "Today's" show. She recounted the whole proposal to them, and they were very excited for her.

Hoda shares that her relationship with Joel is one of the most natural relationships she has ever been in and that she is happy with him.


Her co-hosts, however, asked her how she managed to hide the ring from them, and she confessed that it was in her bra the whole time. 

They went further to ask how the children reacted to the news, and Hoda responded that they were still trying to figure out how exactly to explain it to them. 

"We're still trying to figure out that part."

Hoda Kotb during an appearance on "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen" | Photo: Getty Images


The NBC co-host who was previously married to Burzis Kanga for two years met the love her life years later in 2013 at an event she initially did not want to attend. She was signing some books, and he was in the line.

When she asked him who she should make it out to, he said she should make it out to him, and that was it, the rest they say is history. They have been together ever since and have even adopted two beautiful girls to raise as their own.

In a previous interview with People in 2015, Hoda had nothing but beautiful things to say about the man she is now in a relationship with. 

She described him as the guy that gives her butterflies at 50 years old. She went further to share that her relationship with Joel is one of the most natural relationships she has ever been in and that she is happy with him.