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'Today' Fans Stand by Hoda Kotb After She Gets Emotional on Air About Heartbreak

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Jennifer Lopez is inspiring Hoda Kotb to keep her heart open and find love again.

On Monday morning, Today’s fourth hour kicked off talking about J.Lo and Ben Affleck's intimate wedding ceremony over the weekend. As fans may know, the couple had a whirlwind romance in the early 2000s that ended when they called off their engagement in 2004. Then during the coronavirus pandemic, the two rekindled their relationship. Following a second engagement in April, J.Lo and Ben secretly exchanged vows at a “little white wedding chapel.”

All of these events got Hoda thinking out loud about what it means to have a broken heart. “Some women, when they get their heart broken, curl up and say ‘That’s it. The best part of my life has now passed.’ Or ‘My heart’s broken, and I won’t let that happen to me again,’” she told Today cohost Jenna Bush Hager. “They get that suit of armor and that’s how they barrel through life.”

Hoda continued: “[Jennifer] does the opposite. There’s always been, since the first time I interviewed her, a vulnerability that says, ‘I’m open.’ And you know what? People may say what they’re going to say … You get one beautiful life to live. What are you going to do?”

“He looks at her like he did 20 years ago … I think it reminds people that in many phases of life, who knows?” she concluded. “If you’re open, who knows? I love people who are open to things. It’s so much better.”

Reacting to Hoda’s candid words, Today fans showed their support in the show's Instagram comments section. “Hoda always has the right things to say ❤️,” one person wrote. “What a wonderful perspective! Beautiful,” another added. “I love everything about this. Nailed it, @hodakotb - as always. 💕,” a different fan said.

In January, Hoda announced that she and her fiancé Joel Schiffman had called off their engagement. After dating for six years, the two revealed their plans to wed in November 2019. While Hoda and Joel had hoped to get married “sooner than later,” the coronavirus pandemic caused multiple delays. Then over the holiday season last year, the couple decided to be “friends and parents” instead of continuing a romantic relationship.

Photo credit: Ben Gabbe - Getty Images
Photo credit: Ben Gabbe - Getty Images

But it hasn’t discouraged her from falling in love again. Speaking with People in May, Hoda talked about having an open heart. “My sister asked me at one point, ‘Are [you] afraid to be by yourself?’ And I said to her, ‘I’m not going to be by myself,’” the NBC star told the outlet. “I don’t know why I said it so clearly, but I actually knew that my heart is open. I have an open heart.”

Hoda continued: "It's not hard. It's not covered over. So, I know at some point and I can see it, it will happen. When? I can't say but I assured her I said, 'Oh, don't worry. No worries. I said I'm gonna be just fine.'"

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