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Today's Hoda Kotb facing bittersweet birthday - here's why

The TV star has two children with her ex-fiance

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Hannah Hargrave
US Deputy Editor
July 13, 2022
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Hoda Kotb is fast approaching another trip around the sun - but this year's birthday may be more difficult than in the past.

The mom-of-two will turn 58 in August and her daughters, Haley and Hope, plus her Today co-stars are almost certainly planning something special. 

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However, this will be Hoda's first birthday as a single parent following her split from fiance, Joel Schiffman, at the beginning of the year. 

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While she adores raising her two girls - who she adopted with her ex - there's no doubt that Hoda will recognize the differences this year brings. 

Hoda has said that they are "better off as friends" and co-parents to their children, than they are as a romantic couple. 

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Despite their split, they remain friends and Hoda still thanks Joel for encouraging her to start a family when she didn't think it was possible.

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Hoda will no doubt be surrounded by her children and loved ones on her birthday 

She told Good Housekeeping magazine earlier in the year: "I don't think I would have adopted if it hadn't been for Joel. Having a stable relationship in that moment was really important."

The mother-of-two also recently gave an incredibly rare insight into her personal life at home during a chat with Daily Mail.

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She told the publication: "We all make choices that are for us, and I feel strong and I feel good about my decision. I'm just kind of marching on with life."

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This will be Hoda's first birthday since her split from Joel 

On whether she was on the search for a new partner, she added: "No, I think especially when you have kids, you take a beat [after going through a breakup]. I'm focusing on them."

Not that being a single parent is easy. The star confessed she often leans on co-host Savannah Guthrie when she thinks she's messed up with her children.

"I have some nights where I really messed up and I know I did," she revealed. "And I come in the next morning [thinking], I feel terrible for what I did. What was I thinking?

"Why did I think that was going to work? They went to bed crying. Like, I don't want that to be me. But then I talk to Savannah. She'll say, 'That was my Wednesday,' it makes you feel less alone."

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