Hoda Kotb Reveals She’s Open to Adopting a Third Child

The ‘Today’ show co-host recently revealed she might adopt again.

Hoda Kotb attends as New York Women In Communications Celebrates 2020 & 2021 Matrix Awards Winners at Current at Chelsea Piers on November 08, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

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Hoda Kotb might adopt a third child, she recently revealed to People magazine for its Family Issue.

The Today co-host previously intended to adopt again but put those plans on pause due to COVID, she said.

But now, adoption is “definitely in the universe for me,” Kotb told People for its new issue, which comes out Friday. 

“I feel like whatever is meant to be is meant to be,” Kotb said. “But I know a few things. I have love and time, and we have an open space.”

Hoda Kotb is 58 years old and two has daughters. In 2013, Kotb began a relationship with Joel Schiffman. The couple announced their engagement in November 2019. They parted ways earlier this year.

In her interview with People, Kotb called Schiffman a “great dad.”

“I don’t regret one day, not one minute, not one second of our time together because it brought me here. I have two incredible children I share with him. And it’s because of Joel that I have Haley and Hope, without question,” she said. “I think I might have been too afraid to do it alone. That’s not something I love to admit, but it’s true.”

Both of Hoda Kotb’s parents are from Egypt. Her family lived there for a year, as well as in Nigeria. Kotb became part of Today’s family in 1998. She is the author of multiple books, including Hoda: How I Survived War Zones; Bad Hair, Cancer and Kathie Lee; and Where They Belong.

After Hoda Kotb beat breast cancer, she announced on Today in February 2017 that she and Schiffman had adopted a baby girl named Haley Joy Kotb. They later adopted a second girl named Hope Catherine Kotb in April 2019.

“I always imagined family as my mom, my dad, my brother, my sister,” she explains. “I envisioned it that way until I was 50. Imagine someone saying, ‘Hey, guess what? You’re actually going to have a whole other family.’ It still surprises me! It delights me to know that I have Haley and Hope,” she said.

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