Annette Roque was seen out and about for the first time since reports emerged that her ex-husband Matt Lauer is dating marketing guru and long-time friend Shamin Abas.
Roque, 50, was pictured dropping her oldest son off to take a bus in the Hamptons as he reportedly went back to college after the holiday week.
She looked sophisticated in a cream wool sweater, brown leggings and a fashionable pair of brown boots as she waited with the son she shares with Lauer and his luggage as he took the bus.
Former Today host Lauer, 62, and Abas, 50, who runs a luxury marketing firm, have known each other for around 15 years.
Annette Roque, (pictured), was seen out and about for the first time following reports that her her ex-husband Matt Lauer is reportedly dating marketing guru and long-time friend Shamin Abas
Matt Lauer, (pictured), is reportedly dating marketing guru and long-time friend Shamin Abas, who bears a striking resemblance to his ex-wife Annette Roque
It comes after he and Roque finalized their divorce this fall after over 20 years of marriage.
The couple was just recently pictured travelling to spend the holidays together in New Zealand, where he owns a $9.2 million lakefront ranch, InTouch first reported.
A source told Page Six: ‘Matt and Shamin have known each other for many years, as she spends a lot of time in the Hamptons, as does he.
‘They very recently began dating, she is a lovely woman.’ The news giant was fired from NBC in 2017 following allegations of sexual harassment in the work sphere.
Roque, 50, was pictured dropping her oldest son off to take a bus in the Hamptoms as he reportedly went back to college after the holiday week
Roque was seen apparently giving her son a ride to the bus stop following the holidays
In Ronan Farrow’s new book Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, former NBC producer Brooke Nevils accuses Lauer of sexually assaulting her during non consensual sex at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.
And while many of the former TV personality’s friends ‘turned their backs on him,’ Abas supported him throughout the episode.
‘She knows who he is,’ a source told InTouch exclusively. ‘She’s thrilled she’s with him. She doesn’t seem to have a care in the world.
‘For everything he may have done, Matt’s very charming. I can see how Shamin fell for him.’
In October, Lauer opened up about his sexual misconduct scandal, revealing he kept quiet about it because he ‘got what he deserved’ but now wants to speak out after he was accused of sexual assault.
Roque looked sophisticated in a cream wool sweater, brown leggings and a fashionable pair of brown boots as she waited with the son she shares with Lauer and his luggage as he took the bus
Matt Lauer’s wife Annette Roque has officially filed for divorce in July, two years after they split up. The couple are pictured together in September 2013
Lauer sat down for an off the record interview with conservative radio show host and Medlite senior columnist John Ziegler, where he admitted ‘to making numerous serious mistakes.
‘It appears he was silent after his firing because he felt he got what he deserved, but now that he has been publicly accused of sexual assault, finds himself in a completely different situation,’ Ziegler said on their conversation.
He revealed that Lauer wanted to speak out – but hasn’t figured out ‘the best manner or timing’ to do it and fears being vilified by the press, particularly after Farrow’s book.
Lauer did break his silence after the rape allegation was released last year by issuing an angry denial that he anally raped her, claiming that they had consensual sex that led to a three-month affair in a sharp three-page, 1,400 word response.
Ali Natella and Shamin Abas attend Pershing Cocktail Reception In Sag Harbor at Onboard the Pershing 9X on June 22 in New York
Annette Roque filed papers with the Suffolk County Court, New York to officially end her marriage to the former Today Show host
In his statement he went into graphic detail about their interactions, calling her a ‘willing partner.’
‘It is categorically false, ignores the facts, and defies common sense,’ he said of the rape allegation.
Ziegler slammed Farrow’s reporting as ‘shockingly lacking in basic journalistic standards’, where he heavily replied on anonymous sources and ‘assumed Lauer’s guilt from the start.
‘To be clear, if Nevils said multiple times that she did not want to have anal sex and was too drunk to consent, that would be rape. But it is imperative to point out that according to NBC, and Farrow’s own reporting, she never used the word rape when she made the original complaint to NBC,’ Ziegler said on Farrow’ reporting.
Lauer’s wife Annette Roque has officially filed for divorce two, years after they split up.
The model filed papers with the Suffolk County Court, New York in July to officially end her marriage to the former Today Show host, USA Today reports.
The couple have three children together, ages 18, 15 and 12, who will reportedly remain in the Hamptons with Roque while the 61-year-old Lauer moves elsewhere.