Hoda Kotb says she co-parented with Joel Schiffman after their breakup.
Since their split in January, they have “toned it down” when it comes to parenting their adopted daughters – Haley Joy, 5, and Hope Catherine, 3 – today Anchor, 58, said people.
“She’ll have Saturday, and I’ll do Sunday,” she explained of the arrangement. “We switch every week. He’ll take the girls and do some fun things, and I’ll have some quiet time. It’s a healthy mix, and the kids love it. He’s a great dad… We have these beautiful daughters. – We’re lucky.”
Kotb said communication and flexibility with Schiffman, a businessman who also has an adult daughter from a previous relationship, has been key.
“‘Does it work for you?’ ‘Do you need me to change it?’ We’re very open about adjusting things so that everyone’s needs are met,” she explained, noting that they also have two nannies to help out.
Kotb said the girls are “doing really well” in light of the split, “and I feel so at peace.” She added, “I also know that I am on the right path.”
After eight years of breaking up – and their marriage being delayed several times due to Covid – Kotb said there are no bad feelings between them.
“I don’t regret a day, not a minute, not a second of our time together because it brought me here,” she said of Schiffman, 64. “I have two wonderful children that I share with her and it’s because of Joel. That I have Haley and Hope, without question. I think I was too scared to do it alone. That’s the thing. Not that I like to admit it, but it’s true.”
Kotb said she “never thought” she would have a family after her divorce and battle with breast cancer. She first adopted at the age of 52.
“I always imagined family as my mother, my father, my brother, my sister,” he admitted. “I envisioned that until I was 50. Imagine someone saying, ‘Hey, guess what? You’re actually going to be a complete more family.’ It still amazes me! I’m happy to know I have Haley and Hope… It blows my mind that I should have this sweet little family that is perfect for me.”
And, yes, she is still planning to adopt a third child. “It’s definitely in the universe for me. I think whatever’s meant to be, is meant to be.”
Kotb, a former divorcee, also remains optimistic about love.
“I’ve had past loves, and I think I’ll have future loves,” she said. “Once you know who you are, love can come. You know how people say the older you get, the more you know who you are? I think That someone who meets me now will actually meet me.”
Kotb announced today In January that she and Shiffman were ending their 8-year relationship. He explained that they are “better as friends and parents.”
The pair started dating in 2015 and got engaged in 2019. They adopted Haley in 2017 and Hope in 2019.