New Mom At 52! Hoda Kotb Reveals Adopting Daughter After Battling Breast Cancer, Says Child Is The Love Of Her Life

By Claire Parker, Parent Herald February 24, 04:00 am

TV personality Hoda Kotb, 52, just revealed she adopted a baby girl and called her newborn baby the love of her life. The adoption comes after Kotb overcame breast cancer.

E! News reported the "Today" host, who is the face of the fourth hour of the show together with Kathie Lee Gifford, announced the arrival of her new baby on Tuesday. She announced it via a phone call and a photo of herself with her newborn baby was flashed on the screen, much to the delight of her co-hosts and the viewers.

She also revealed the baby's name as Haley Joy because of what she brings to her and her boyfriend. Kotb also said she named after Halley's Comet. Kotb added, "She's a Valentine's baby. She is the love of my life."

Entertainment Tonight also reported Kotb and her longtime boyfriend, financier Joel Schiffman, took a selfie to show their appreciation for caffeine since their baby girl arrived. The two moved in together in 2016 after dating for three years.

She revealed it was a bit weird to be in her 50s and discussing moving in. She joked she is concerned for her boyfriend since she hasn't lived with anyone for a long time. Kotb also said she was afraid to tell her mother that she and her boyfriend were getting an apartment together.

As for her breast cancer battle, Kotb said she did not want to be known as the girl with cancer so she used her situation to help others. Following her diagnosis in 2007, she then underwent treatment in order to beat breast cancer. It resulted in her inability to bear her own children.

Kotb was once married to Burzis Kanga, a former tennis coach at the University of New Orleans. They were married from 2005 to 2007.

After a number of years from her divorce, Kotb met and dated lawyer Jay Blumenkopf. They dated for two years and called it quits. She then met her longtime boyfriend after dating the lawyer.

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