From Death to Divorce: The Revealing Secrets Behind Megyn Kelly’s Personal Life

Talk show host Megyn Kelly made some of her personal life public in 2016 when she released her memoir. Despite all the publicity she endured during that year’s election season, there’s still a lot you probably don’t know. The details of her personal life — and how they shaped who she has become — might surprise you.

Megyn Kelly lost her father at a young age

Megyn Kelly posing in a black dress.

This changed her life completely. | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Megyn Kelly bears the titles of news anchor, author, wife, and mother, but her story unfortunately begins with the death of a loved one.

She was only a sophomore in high school when her father died of a heart attack unexpectedly. Losing him at 15 ended up being a tragedy that brought her closer to her mother. Despite the loss, she still managed to put herself through law school and create a brighter future for herself.

His death changed her life forever

Megyn Kelly debuted her morning show.

She used the experience to better her life. | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter

Kelly revealed in her 2016 memoir that she acted out and argued with her parents like any normal teenager. That behavior didn’t last, though. She gained a completely new perspective after she lost her dad a little over a week before Christmas.

His sudden death taught her to make the most of every moment she has, and likely pushed her to work harder to move up and forward in her life.

She wanted to be a cowgirl

Megyn Kelly sitting on stage with both her hands out as she speaks to the audience.

Her career went in a different direction. | Jemal Countess/Getty Images

Growing up, Kelly desperately wanted to be a cowgirl, but she just couldn’t get a handle on the training. Her husband Doug Brunt says:

Megyn grew up wanting to be a cowgirl. Her favorite family photo has her in a cowgirl outfit in front of an Olan Mills woodsy generic background. Her wardrobe choices these days might not work on the ranch, but she still says her dream vacation is to take the family to a dude ranch. Some things never change.

She’s a badass attorney

Kelly may struggle with pop culture, but she knows about politics, policies, and the law. After getting her bachelor’s degree in political science at Syracuse University, she went on to get her law degree from Albany Law School.

She was a corporate defense attorney before making the transition to broadcast journalism.

Her first marriage ended in divorce

Megyn Kelly and husband Douglas holding hands.

She is now happily married to Douglas Brunt. | Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

In 2001, Dr. Dan Kendall married then-lawyer Megyn Kelly after four years together. It’s not clear what eventually brought the nine-year relationship to a close, but Kendall claims it had nothing to do with him cheating on her.

They were married for five years before their relationship ended in divorce in 2006. Two years later, Kelly married her current husband.

Her current husband is a private person

Megyn Kelly and Douglas Brunt posing on a red carpet.

He has a private life compared to his high profile wife. | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME

Kelly married Douglas Brunt in 2008, two years after finalizing her divorce with Kendall. Once an internet security executive, he is now a New York Times best-selling author. The two met when she was still a reporter with Fox.

Despite his work and marriage to a major public figure, Kelly says he is a private person, which is why his unexpected appearance on her talk show surprised her so much.

He brought her roses during the premiere of her show

Megyn Kelly on her talk show.

A very romantic gesture | NBC

During the premiere of Megyn Kelly Today, Brunt surprised his wife with a bouquet of roses on air to celebrate the next stage in her career.

Her husband wasn’t the only special audience member present that day. Her mother also made an appearance in support of her daughter.

Kelly and Brunt have 3 kids

Megyn Kelly speaking at a podium.

She is often busy with her three kids. | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Since their marriage in 2008, Kelly and Brunt have had three children together — Yates, age 9; Yardley, 7; and Thatcher, 4.

Raising a family while balancing such a demanding job wasn’t easy. Kelly spoke out about the unrealistic expectations society puts on new mothers, saying she struggled going back to work after the birth of her youngest son.

She left Fox News mostly because of her family

Megyn Kelly on The Kelly File.

Her new job lets her spend more time with her family. | Fox News

Kelly says her kids are one of the reasons she left Fox News. She joined NBC and started a talk show hoping the new schedule would allow her to spend more time with them. Her previous schedule meant she had to work during the hours they were home after school.

Kelly says she was sexually harassed and nearly assaulted by Roger Ailes

Drew Angerer and Megyn Kelly side by side in a collage.

Left: Megyn Kelly standing at an event. | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images, Right: Roger Ailes in New York City | Drew Angerer/Getty Images

In her New York Times best-selling memoir Settle for More, Kelly says that Ailes began harassing her in 2005, claiming that he would help her career in return for sexual favors. The harassment reached a boiling point months later when Kelly says Ailes tried to kiss her.

After shoving him off her and reporting his behavior to her supervisor, the harassment stopped.

Kelly is not a fan of the word ‘feminist’

Megyn Kelly pointing her fingers straight ahead.

She had some interesting things to say about the “F” word. | Giphy

Unfortunately, Kelly believes that the word “feminist” sounds harsh, shrill, and unattractive. We guess everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

There is one topic that is off limits with Kelly

Megyn Kelly on her show on Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Megyn Kelly will speak out on all subjects but one. | NBC

Though Kelly has been heralded and criticized for her views on everything from Trump to Santa Claus’ race, there is one topic she refuses to discuss — abortion.

Kelly learned a ton from Bill O’Reilly

A collage featuring Megyn Kelly and Bill O'Reilly.

Left: Megyn Kelly at a formal event | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images, Right: Bill O’Reilly speaking to the press | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

After beginning at Fox in 2004, Kelly appeared on disgraced journalist Bill O’Reilly’s highly rated series The O’Reilly Factor each week. By watching him, Kelly learned the nuts and bolts of her broadcast career.

Additional reporting by Aramide Tinubu.

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