Matt Lauer has moved on from his divorce with Annette Roque and is datinghis longtime friend and powerhouse publicist, Shamin Abas, and now RadarOnline.com can exclusively reveal shocking information about the disgraced TODAY show's new flame!
The lovebirds are getting serious, as they went on a romantic getaway to New Zealand for the holidays. They were spotted flying out of New Jersey on December 19.
The two seemed to be in good spirits as they made their way through the New Zealand airport. Meanwhile, photos show how serene they appeared while taking a bike stroll through Lauer’s $9 million lakefront farm.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Abas, appears to have an uncanny resemblance to Lauer's ex-wife
“Some people thought it was Annette,” an eyewitness said.
Roque finalized her divorce from the former disgraced Today host on September 6 following her husband’s sex scandal. As RadarOnline.com readers know, several women accused of sexual misconduct and even rape — though he denied those allegations.
He and Roque were married for over 20 years and share three children: Jack, 17, Romy, 14, and Thijs, 11.
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Lauer isn't the only one who's had relationship issues. Abas was previously married twice. Documents obtained exclusively by RadarOnline.com show that Abas filed for divorce from her last husband, Frank Cilion, in 2007. She cited the marriage as "irretrievably broken." The brunette previously explained how financial strains put an end to the marriage.
Her first marriage ended in 1999.
Abas made her career as a super star publicist. She works in marketing and events around New York, including the Hamptons and Palm Beach, Florida. She often works with high-end luxury clients, traveling all around the world. Her company is described as "the firm who works solely with brands that specifically cater to high-net-worth (HNW) and ultra-high-net-worth (UHNW) consumers,”on her website.
Abas has known Lauer for over 15 years. The longtime friends were spotted on private dinners around New York as far back as 2005.
Abas is half Persian. She grew up in Wales riding horses. In an interview with the Palm Beach Post, she said: “I grew up living and breathing horses. It wasn’t even a thought that I would stay there.”
She is a huge advocate for animals, and when she's not working or spending time with Lauer, she works on bringing attention to animal cruelty.