The Way That Matt Lauer’s Wife Is Dealing With the Sexual Harassment Allegations May Surprise You

After former Today Show host Matt Lauer was fired for sexual misconduct in November 2017, a new drama began brewing back home. Now, it was time for his wife, Annette Roque, to pick up the pieces. However, the way she’s handling things isn’t what you would expect. Many didn’t think she would handle the news this way.

Here’s the surprising way Matt Lauer’s wife is dealing with the sexual harassment allegations.

Inside their marriage

Annette Roque and Matt Lauer in 2013.

Annette Roque and Matt Lauer had been married since 1998. | Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Roque and Lauer have been married since 1998. However, life has been lonely for Roque even long before the accusations against Lauer were made. Entertainment Tonight reports Roque lived in the Hamptons in New York while Lauer stayed in Manhattan during the weekdays to film the Today show. They were rarely seen together. The last time the pair was seen in each other’s company was in September 2017 while they were on a lunch date, according to ET.

Next: A stranger in her own home.

Kicked out

Matt Lauer standing on a red carpet.

According to sources, he was kicked out of their home. | Jason Kempin/Getty Images for The Rolling Stones

Roque allegedly kicked Lauer out of the home they shared with their three children. The New York Post says Lauer is residing at another home nearby, so he can still see the children. Apparently, Lauer doesn’t have to worry when it comes to shelter. He owns several New York properties. Among them are a $36.5 million home in North Haven (Richard Gere’s former home), a house in Sag Harbor, and a 40-acre horse farm in Water Mill.

Next: This family member is furious about what happened.

Annette’s father speaks out

Annette stands in a black fur dress.

Annette’s father is upset over Matt’s actions. | Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

Matt Lauer’s father-in-law, Henri Roque, had a lot to say about what happened between his daughter and son-in-law. In an interview with Daily Mail he said everyone felt a sense of betrayal. “I have no words for her husband. What he has done is bad …She is feeling shocked and she is now having sorrow for her children. Me too. Everybody is feeling quite sad. There are also the kids; I don’t know what she’s doing or who they are going to stay with,” said Henri.

Next: An unlikely defender.

Matt Lauer’s ex-wife defends him

A composite image of Nancy Alspaugh and ex-husband Matt Lauer.

Left: Nancy Alspaugh, Matt Lauer’s ex-wife | Marsaili McGrath/Getty Images, Right: Matt Lauer | Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Surprisingly, Lauer’s ex-wife defends him. Nancy Alspaugh was married to Lauer from 1981 to 1988. During an interview with Entertainment Tonight she defended his character in the wake of the shocking sexual misconduct allegations. “I was shocked because he’s been such a stalwart at that network and in that job. He’s been the best person that’s ever held that job and I couldn’t imagine that anything that he would have done—that would have been so out of character for him—that would have caused that reaction,” said Alspaugh in her ET interview.

Next: Moving on in an unexpected way.

What Annette was spotted doing

Annette Roque and Matt Lauer in 2000.

Annette Roque was initially heartbroken, but seems to be doing well now. | George De Sota/Liaison

After a long absence, Roque was seen having a fancy lunch with a friend in Amsterdam. According to Page Six, she finally looked relaxed and peaceful. Before, it was noted that she had often looked unhappy and uneasy whenever she was seen with Lauer. She also appeared frail and thin in the past. However, one of the Page Six TV hosts commented on how it appeared she was now gaining some weight and looking happier and healthier.

Next: Is it over?

Divorce is looming

Matt Lauer looking straight ahead while wearing a tan suit.

A divorce is sure to follow the separation. | Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Divorce has been on the table for quite a while. Back in 2006, Roque began divorce proceedings but later changed her mind. She filed for divorce but then withdrew the documents and reconciled with Lauer, according to The New York Daily News. In the documents, Roque claimed Lauer had subjected her to “cruel and inhumane” treatment. Roque recently began the divorce process once again, reports US Weekly.

Next: Reality sets in.

The ring is gone

Annette smiles while wearing a black dress and gloves.

She is moving on. | Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

The New York Post reported Roque is no longer wearing her wedding ring. Sources said she was having a good time at Rijks, which is an upscale restaurant at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum. “She was having lunch with a girlfriend. They were drinking red wine, and Annette did not have her wedding ring on. She was laughing through the whole lunch,” a witness told the newspaper.

Next: Where is he?

Where’s Matt?

Matt Lauer and Annette Roque posing in front of a white building.

In the midst of the separation, he is focusing on his image. | Evan Agostini

Lauer has been keeping a low profile these days. However, he has been spotted running errands around New York. An insider told US Weekly the former host is hoping to make a television comeback. “He thinks he’ll be back on TV at some point,” said the source. Until then, he told the magazine in a statement that he is working on repairing the damage caused by his missteps. He said damage repair is now “his full-time job.”

Next: He’s not walking away that easily.

Fighting for the marriage

Matt Lauer in a black tuxedo.

Matt has allegedly tried to salvage the marriage. | Joe Corrigan/Getty Images

Although it looks as if Roque is moving forward with the divorce, People reports Lauer doesn’t want to split. He’s hoping the two can make up and restore their marriage, according to a source. People reports a big part of Lauer’s motivation for staying together is the couple’s three children. Lauer is trying desperately to stay as close as possible, so the can have regular contact with his family. However, Roque’s father told Daily Mail that his daughter is not trying to work things out with Lauer.

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