Today Show host Matt Lauer and his wife, former model Annette Roque slammed the break up and affair rumors spread by the National Enquirer, labeling it a â€œwork of fictionâ€. Matt did not move out of their family home and they are still happily married.
“I am living in my apartment with Annette and my children as a family and a couple,” Lauer tells People exclusively. “I have never moved out. I am not moving out. There is no truth to that.”
Annette Lauer says in a separate interview with People, “Out of self respect, I want to stand up for our family and protect them.”
Matt sincerely said that he and Anneâ€™s marriage is not perfect but they have been working on it for more than twelve years. They briefly filed for divorce back in 2006. Matt considers the rumors are â€œridiculous and offensiveâ€, claiming he never cheated on his wife.
“Have we had a completely perfect, easy marriage? No. But the stories you’ve read over the years are not true,” Lauer said. “I don’t think we’re any different than any married couple that’s been together for 12 years,” he adds. “The accusations [of infidelity] are ridiculous and I’m not going to [dignify] them with an answer. It’s not true.”
Matt also revealed that he spent Valentineâ€™s Day with his wife and three children at the Whistler resort near Vancouver, while he was covering the Winter Olympics. He also did not go out to party at night because he had to start really easy for the broadcasts to be ready at 4am. And Matt returned from Vancouver two days before the crew.
“This is all made up,” Lauer says. “All they had to do was check.”
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