By Jen Heger – Radar Assistant Managing Editor
Hoda Kotb‘s lawyer boyfriend, Jay Blumenkopf, ended the relationship with the respected journalist of the fourth hour of TODAY six months ago because he didn’t want to get married, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
“Jay actually broke up with Hoda six months ago because he just couldn’t see himself getting married to her. Jay has the utmost respect and admiration for her and wishes Hoda nothing but the best,” a source close to the situation tells RadarOnline.com exclusively.
“The two remain on friendly terms, and anyone who knows Jay can attest to the fact that he would never discuss his relationship with Hoda in public, it’s just not who he is.”
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, the couple had dated for more than a year and eventually parted ways because the relationship had run it’s course.
“It’s the real thing. It’s the real friggin’ thing Bethenny. It’s the real thing. I found the real thing at 47,” Kotb said.
“The other thing was so not the real thing, and I thought it was…The fact that you can still feel butterflies at 47 is really cool.”
Blumenkopf even appeared during the fourth hour of TODAY on Kotb’s birthday as a surprise for the breast cancer survivor. But, despite having the full backing of her friends and even Blumenkopf’s two children, sadly the couple was unable to go the course.
“Jay is a very successful litigator and travels a lot,” the source previously told us.
“He splits his time between New York and Boca Raton, Florida, and they were just spending too much time apart to be able to make the relationship work. It was actually Jay’s two daughters who set Hoda and Jay up on a blind date after approaching Hoda at her book signing with a note that said, ’10 reasons why you should go out with our dad.'”
Meanwhile, Blumenkopf “isn’t living like a monk at home. Jay is enjoying being single, and is surprised that he is now getting hit on by women!” the insider said.
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