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Amy Robach's 'traumatic' Fourth of July celebration that resulted in family member's death – details

The former GMA3 star doesn't have fond memories

Jenni McKnight
US Lifestyle Editor
July 4, 2024
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Amy Robach has revealed why the Fourth of July is not one of her favorite holidays.

The former GMA3 anchor, 51, doesn't associate the day with happy memories following a "very traumatic" experience when she was just 14 years old.

Speaking on the latest episode of the Amy & T.J. podcast with her boyfriend, T.J. Holmes, Amy recalled the terrifying day that her parents and uncle got struck by lightning.

The tragic incident resulted in the death of her uncle Jack, and Amy admitted that it ultimately "changed the Fourth [of] July for us".

Recalling the painful day, Amy explained: "So the Fourth of July is always…. I am aware of thunderstorms. It always makes me a little nervous, because it was a very traumatic thing. But my parents, yeah, my mom and dad got seriously injured.

"They were in the hospital for weeks. My mom was in the hospital for weeks. My dad was in the ICU, but their tennis shoes got blown off of their feet. Their clothes had to be cut off of them."

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Amy's parents were struck by lightning on July 4

She added: "They were — my dad… had to have CPR performed on him. And my uncle Jack, actually, ultimately died. He was up against the tree that [the lightning] hit, and my parents were blown standing next to him, and he just crumbled."

Warning listeners, Amy continued: "Lightning kills and the Fourth of July is one of those holidays where everybody's out and about, and it tends to be a thunderstorm-heavy, holiday."

Amy Robach shared a gorgeous selfie from her NYC apartment © Instagram
Amy has avoided being in the US on July 4 for years

Admitting "things in my house changed after that," Amy "got into a habit of traveling around the Fourth of July" and has avoided being "in the country during the Fourth of July for many, many years".

However, this year marks a change to her new tradition as she revealed she will be spending the holding in the US "for the first time" in years.

T. J. Holmes and Amy Robach attend the 2024 iHeartRadio Music Awards at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California on April 01, 2024. Broadcasted live on FOX.© Getty Images
Amy and T.J. will spend the Fourth of July with his daughter

While she didn't share details, Amy revealed that she and T.J. will spend the holiday with his 11-year-old daughter Sabine, whom he shares with his ex-wife Marilee Fiebig.

Amy's daughters Ava and Annalise – who she shares with her first ex-husband Tim McIntosh – will be "continuing the tradition and are gonna be out of the country on the Fourth of July," she added.

Amy's daughter will be flying the nest soon© Instagram
Amy's daughters will be out of the US for the holiday

Amy's revelation comes after she spoke about her decision to leave her second husband, Andrew Shue, for T.J. after their relationship came to light in 2022.

"[My] cancer journey played a huge role in my decision," she said on their podcast in June. "I asked myself, if your cancer came back and you knew you had one year to live, how would you spend it? And it wasn't even close. I would spend it with T.J."

Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes in New Orleans© Instagram
Amy doesn't regret picking T.J. over Andrew

Amy continued: "I have preached, and I've given speeches to breast cancer survivors … and anyone who's gone through anything life-threatening or had anything where you thought you might die, whatever it is. You learn that tomorrow is not guaranteed."

Amy battled breast cancer in 2013 and has been helping to raise awareness and funds for the disease ever since.

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