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magazine the emotional journey that led to her to adopt Haley -- who was born on Valentine’s Day and weighed in at 8 lbs., 8 oz.
-- after years of thinking she'd never have a child of her own.
"One of the things in my life I’ve always wanted was to be a mom,” Kotb says. ’ I had this ache in me that I couldn’t push away anymore." That's when Kotb approached her boyfriend, 58-year-old financier Joel Schiffman, about the possibility of her adopting a child.
“Sometimes in your life, things just don’t work out for whatever reason, so you say, ‘Well, I wasn’t meant to have that.’ But it was really hard to come to terms with it." WATCH: See All the Clues Hoda Kotb Adopted and What Inspired Daughter Haley Joy’s Name The 52-year-old TV personality admits that "there was a hole" in her life before Haley. ’ And I’d feel like, ‘Ouch.’ I knew inside it was supposed to be for me,” she recalls, revealing that she even considered being a school teacher or running a summer camp. “I was afraid to even say it out loud, because then it felt so real,” she shares.
Her boyfriend, Joel Schiffman is an American financier based in New York City and Boston.
She was previously married to tennis coach Burzis Kanga for two years before they divorced in 2007.
Carson Daly told her she would be an "incredible mother," teasing: "You thought you drank a lot of wine before?
You just wait." Kotb's partner in wine, Kathy Lee Gifford, said she knew about the baby for some time but was tight-lipped.
Kanga is former tennis coach of New Orleans University.
Hoda Kotb's married life couldn't last longer and ended just after two years of being together in 2007. In March 2007, she underwent a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery for breast cancer.