Matt Lauer ended the decade as NBC’s most notorious morning TV creep (much to Matt’s shock and confusion). He’s unemployed. His friends and former co-workers allegedly want nothing to do with him. His ex-wife grabbed $20 million and a horse farm on her way out. He’s been accused of everything from inappropriate dildo-gifting to workplace rape. But it’s not all grey skies for Matt. Us Weekly says that Matt recently took a holiday with his new girlfriend.
Us Weekly got some pictures of Matt and his new lady riding bikes around New Zealand a few days ago. Matt’s new girlfriend is his longtime friend Shamin Abas. The two were first seen boarding a flight to New Zealand out of New Jersey on December 19th. They spent the holidays in New Zealand. It kind of looks like they’re in the middle of nowhere, which makes me wonder how a photographer got such clear pictures of Matt and his new lady. But maybe there’s a sheep or a Hobbit out there that’s been moonlighting as a paparazzi and this was their big break. If that’s the case, then congratulations on being in the right place at the right time, sheep or Hobbit!
See the photos! https://t.co/jPjTh4ZUNZ
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) January 1, 2020
One source previously told Us Weekly that Matt was moving forward from his divorce from his wife of 21 years, Annette Roque. And apparently moving forward to Matt involved moving backwards, so to speak. In Touch says that 62-year-old Matt and 50-year-old Shamin have known each other for at least 15 years, and that they were first linked to each other in 2005. For context, 2006 is the year Annette Roque first filed for divorce from Matt, accusing him of “mental abuse, extreme mental and emotional distress, humiliation, torment, and anxiety” (a few weeks later she took it back). One source told In Touch that, “obviously one thing led to another.” The source adds that they’re a “full-fledged item now.”
According to In Touch’s source, Shamin is a-ok being the girlfriend of the TODAY show’s most-disgraced anchor.
“She knows who he is,” the source tells In Touch exclusively. “She’s thrilled she’s with him. She doesn’t seem to have a care in the world.”
I’m really glad we got that clarification from that source. Because with all the stories that have been published about Matt Lauer over the past 26 months, I would have figured the only way he could get a lady would be if he introduced himself as Guy Dontgoogleme.