Amid Today show host Al Roker’s health struggles and sudden hospitalization, his wife Deborah Roberts has been his rock praying for his fast recovery. Al, who is an anchor and weatherman for the NBC show, met Deborah, who is an ABC News senior national affairs correspondent, on the sets of the morning show. They met first on Today in 1990 and later after courting for five years, they got married.
Al Roker And Deborah Celebrate Their 27th Anniversary
Ever since then, the couple has celebrated several relationship milestones together. This includes a feature on the cover of People’s first-ever Love Issue which came out in February 2021. As per US Magazine, the couple celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary this year.
In a touching Instagram tribute to their relationship, Roberts wrote, “Friday finish. Now and again you take a deep breath…let it out…and take stock. If you’re fortunate, you’re staring at a life partner who made it all so worthwhile and more. I am fortunate. And #blessed Thanks for the ups and downs, the giggles and the sighs @alroker Here’s to so many more. Happy anniversary. #anniversary #gratitude”
Al Roker Started Dating Deborah After Separation From Alice
Although the couple met in 1990, they didn’t start dating until 1992. Roker was previously married to his first wife, Alice Bell, from 1984 until they separated in 1992. The Today weatherman also explained how he landed a date with Roberts sharing that she asked him to keep an eye on her apartment when she was away in Barcelona covering the Summer Olympics for NBC.
A day before she was to return from her trip, Al stocked her pantry, stocked her refrigerator, and even left some flowers on the table with a note welcoming her back home. Just a week later, Al got his first date with Roberts. The weather reporter then proposed to Roberts on January 1, 1994, during a business trip to Arizona as they stood by the Grand Canyon.
The couple wed at Manhattan’s St. Thomas Episcopal Church with Katie Couric and Barbara Walters among the guests. The pair welcomed Leila Ruth, the couple’s first daughter on November 17, 1998. Al has another daughter, Courtney, from his previous marriage. Later on July 18, 2002, the couple welcomed their second child, Nicholas Albert who was later diagnosed with autism.
Is Al Roker Back From the Hospital Yet?
Roker has had his fair share of health scares in the past. This includes a prostate cancer diagnosis in 2020. The cancer was caught early and with surgery, the journalist recovered soon. Earlier this year, Roker marked an athletic milestone after completing the Brooklyn Half Marathon. At the finish line, he was greeted by Roberts who hung a medal around his neck.
On Thanksgiving, the weathercaster was discharged from the hospital after being treated for blood clots for two weeks. However, a day later, he was rushed back to the hospital in an ambulance as his wife followed in a taxi with her daughter. As of now, the Today host isn’t back from the hospital yet.
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