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8 Things to Know About Matt Lauer's Wife, Annette Roque

The disgraced Today show anchor's wife once filed for divorce but withdrew the papers three weeks later.
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Since Matt Lauer's firing from the Today show earlier this week, he has reportedly been "focused on family." Here are a few things to know about Annette Roque, his wife and the mother of his three children.

1. Roque was reportedly born in the Netherlands in 1966.


She's reportedly part Indonesian and has been featured in cosmetics ads and J. Crew and Victoria's Secret catalogs. In the 1980s and 1990s, she went by Jade Roque professionally.

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2. Roque met Lauer on a blind date in July 1997.


Stylist Maria Santoro set up the pair. "They had a drink, he got her number, and that was it," a friend told People in 1998.

3. The two wed at Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church on Long Island in front of about 100 guests on October 3, 1998.

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It was the second wedding for Lauer, whose previous marriage to Nancy Alspaugh ended in divorce in 1988. "They wanted to keep it intimate," wedding coordinator Elizabeth Allen told People.

4. They have three children together.


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Here, Jack, Romy, Thijs, and Matt attend the Philadelphia 76ers/New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on January 18, 2016. A source told Page Six that Lauer left New York City for the Hamptons on Wednesday "to see his 16-year-old son, Jack, to 'explain what happened and why he was fired in person.'"

5. In 2006, Roque reportedly filed for divorce.


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The National Enquirer reported based on documents it obtained that in the filing Roque called Lauer "extremely controlling" and accused him of "cruel and inhumane acts" that put her "physical and mental well-being" in danger. The divorce papers were reportedly withdrawn three weeks after they were filed.

6. Roque and her daughter, Romy, are avid equestrians.


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"We have a horse farm here in the Hamptons," Lauer told Newsday during the 2014 Hampton Classic Horse Show. "My wife and daughter ride like crazy. And so we love the competition."

7. The couple reportedly purchased Bright Side Farm in Water Mill in 2012 for $3.5 million.


"The Lauers think of Bright Side Farm as an extension of their own home—a gathering place, where clients and their horses are welcomed like they’re part of the family," the farm's website description reads. The farm has 36 stalls and a 24,000-square-foot indoor ring, but its construction was not without controversy; neighbor Jack Wassman reportedly complained that trees planted on the property blocked his view of the farm and violated Southampton Planning Board restrictions.

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8. Roque and Lauer bought Richard Gere's former Hamptons home in 2016.


They reportedly paid $33 million for the 19,000-square-foot house, which is called Strongheart Manor and includes a whopping 12 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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