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Hoda Kotb's awkward on-air moment with Naomi Watts before marriage to Billy Crudup

The Australian actress has married her The Morning Star boyfriend in secret


Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie and Naomi Watts on Today
Hannah Hargrave
US Deputy Editor
Updated: 10 June 2023
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Naomi Watts and The Morning Show actor, Billy Crudup, have secretly tied the knot, sharing the news on Saturday June 10. 

However Today star Hoda Kotb seemed to put her foot in it back in April - see video below - when she alluded to an engagement when Naomi appeared on the show wearing a sizable diamond ring on her wedding finger. 

WATCH: Hoda Kotb grills Naomi Watts over her engagement ring

At the time, Hoda couldn't help but point it out and commented: "My eye is hurting. There's a big glint coming from some ring over here. It just struck me. But it's beautiful." Hoda's co-host, Savannah Guthrie pushed the subject further and added: "Hoda's asking if you're engaged."

Naomi sidestepped them by simply replying. "Oh, the brain fog!" and looking away.

MORE: Savannah Guthrie's departure from Today studios leaves fans asking about Hoda Kotb

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Now, Hoda and Savannah were on the right path as Naomi posted a picture of her and Billy at the top of the court house steps, simply captioning the post: "Hitched."

Naomi wore an Oscar de la Renta Sweetheart Water Lilly Guipure Dress with a bouquet of white flowers in her hair, while Billy donned a navy blue suit, white button-up shirt and silver ring on his left ring hand.

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Naomi has two children with her ex Liev Schrieber

The post come after Page Six published photos of the private couple wearing matching rings while returning to their New York City apartment.

The notoriously private pair confirmed their relationship in 2017 while filming Netflix’s psychosexual drama Gypsy together.

They didn’t make their red carpet-debut until 2022 at the SAG Awards. Naomi has two children, Sasha, 15, and Kai, 14, with her ex-partner, Liev Schrieber

They were together for 11 years. Billy shares 19-year-old son William with ex Mary-Louise Parker, whom he left at seven months pregnant for Claire Danes.

It looks like Naomi Watts and Billy Cudrup are married
It looks like Naomi and Billy are married

Naomi and Billy are notoriously private but in July 2022 she wrote a sweet message to him on social media to celebrate a milestone. "Happy Birthday my love," she wrote on Instagram with a kiss emoji alongside a selfie of the pair traveling together.

Naomi previously opened up about marriage and whether it was ever on the cards for her. Talking to mom.com, she said: "My thoughts on marriage change often. 

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The actress is notoriously private

"Since I was a kid, having grown up in a divorced family, I was strongly against it at one point and now I feel as good as married. We just don't have that certificate."

Billy spoke about the challenges of dating when you're famous when he said: "There's a lot of pressure in acting. ... It's hard to maintain all of your relationships. My son is with me part-time, so if I'm not working, I'm with him. And I have a great group of friends in New York. But I'm happiest when I'm in a relationship, for sure. And I have great faith that I'm going to find one to persevere with."

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