The So-Far Life of Thijs Lauer: The Son Of Matt Lauer

By Aishwarya Acharya | Updated on October 5, 2022
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    Thijs Lauer is a celebrity kid to a popular journalist, Matt Lauer, and his ex-wife and model Annette Roque. Both of his parents are well-known among people, especially his father for hosting shows like The Today Show, Today, and others.

    Thijs’s parents have tried and kept the child’s personal life as unique and private as his name. His parents, being very open to the world, have worked hard enough to keep the child out of the paparazzi.

    Read further to know about the parents of Thijs Lauer in addition to his own life, his relationship with his family, and even the meaning behind his name and how it’s actually said.

    Thijs Lauer: Name Meaning, Ethnicity, And Siblings

    Lauer and Annette’s son, Thijs, who was born on November 28, 2006, has his name pronounced as “Tice” which means “Gift of God” in the Dutch language.

    The moniker is Dutch and it did happen to be his name because his mother, Annette wanted to follow her heritage.

    Thijs belongs to half American and half Dutch ethnicity. In fact, his paternal grandfather was an Ashkenazi Jewish while his grandmother had ethnicities including English, Scottish, Northern Irish/Scots-Irish, German, and Dutch.

    Matt Lauer with his and Annette Roque son, Thijs Lauer
    Thijs Lauer with his father Matt Lauer.

    Thijs is the youngest child-to-father American journalist and a host of nationally syndicated show The Today Show Matt Lauer and his mother, model Annette Roque. He has two elder siblings: Jack Matthew Lauer and Romy Lauer.

    Thijs turned 16 years in the year 2022. Though we do not have much information about the child’s schooling, it’s more than likely he is quite bright in his studies.

    Thijs Lauer Relationship With His Family

    Despite the separation of Thijs’s parents, the family is still close to one another. You can find several pictures of the children hanging out with their father Matt.

    Thijs Lauer, far left, with his family Matt Lauer, Annette Roque, and his siblings
    An old family picture with Thijs in the left corner.

    Thijs has a good relationship with his siblings too, Jack and Romy. Being the youngest of all, Thijs had been under good influence and guidance.

    Thijs Lauer’s Elder Sister Is A Famous Tiktoker

    His elder sister, Romy Lauer is very active in Tiktok. She has above 28k followers and over 1 Million likes on the app. Romy constantly updates her account by uploading videos of her dancing and her horses too.

    Romy, Matt Lauer's daughter, tiktoker
    Elder sister of Thijs, Romy Lauer Source: Instagram/Romy Lauer/

    She is also active on Instagram. Like her mother, Annette, Romy too seems interested in horse riding. After the long disappearance of Father, Matt from social media, he was last seen in one of his daughter’s TikTok videos.

    Unlike their sister, The Lauer Brothers, Thijs and Jack are not much seen on social media. Both of them do have Instagram accounts but have kept them private.

    Thijs Lauer Apparently Has An Interests In Journalism

    By several sources, Thijs has been said to have a keen interest in journalism. His father, one of the most prominent journalists in America, hopes his child to follow in his footsteps and be much more successful than he is today.

    Despite Journalism, he is also very active in games and often accompanies his father in watching several games.

    Who Is Thijs’ Mother Matt Lauer’s Wife, Annette Roque?

    Thijs’ mother (and Matt Lauer’s wife), Annette is a professional model and equestrian. In her working days in the 1980s and 1990s, her professional name was Jade Roque. She widely appeared in European cosmetics ads and also in the J.Crew and Victoria’s Secret catalogs in the United States.

    Annette Roque, Matt's ex-wife and a Dutch model
    Dutch Model Annette Roque Source: Getty Images

    Despite modeling, Roque also co-owns and manages Bright Side Farm which is a horse farm in the Hamptons.

    Annette Roque was born on December 1966 in the Netherlands. She was born to a Dutch mother and an Indonesian Father.

    Thijs’ Parents Met On A Blind Date

    Thijs’ parents, Matt and Annette met for the first time on a blind date, in July 1997. The love birds married right after a year of dating. The two wed at Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church on Long Island in front of about 100 guests on October 3, 1998.

    Matt and Annette at their wedding
    Wedding picture of Matt Lauer and Annette Roque Source: Getty Images

    Lauer and Roque’s marriage however would end in Sep 2006 with the latter filing for divorce and citing the reason as the cruel treatment by her kids’ father, Lauer. The couple, however, later reconciled.

    Matt And Annette Are Not Together Anymore

    Despite the reconciliation, Thijs’ mother, Annette would file for divorce from Matt once again in the year 2018. This was in the wake of the series of allegations of sexual misconduct against Lauer.

    A year after separating from each other for the second time, Matt and Annette would officially end their marriage in the year 2019. In the divorce settlement, Roque asked for a ‘one-time cash payout of $20 million instead of spousal support.

    Annette was the second wife of Lauer. Previously, he had married Nancy Alspaugh in the year 1982 but the union would conclude in 1989.

    A Bit About Thijs’ Father, Matt Lauer’s Infamous Sexual Misconduct Allegations

    In the year 2017, on November 29 there came news that caused the largest downfall in the history of NBC News. The news network announced that Lauer’s employment had been terminated after an unidentified female employee reported that Lauer had sexually harassed her.

    Thijs' father and ex-NBC journalist, Matt Lauer,
    Matt Lauer was fired from NBC due to sexual allegations.

    The incident took place during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. According to the female, the harassment continued after they returned to New York.

    Two weeks after Lauer’s firing, Addie Zinone, a former Today production assistant, made an additional accusation, that she had a consensual sexual relationship with Lauer. She claimed that the relationship was an “abuse of power” on Lauer’s part. In no time, several other accusations of Matt having a relationship with several other staff came up.

    The reputation and respect that Matt had gained from his long-run NBC vanished in a matter of days.

    Were The Accusations True? Lauer’s Acceptance And Apology

    A day after NBC had fired Lauer, the ex-host, issued a public apology. Breaking his silence, Thijs’ father said:

    “Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly.

    The father of three added,

    Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I’m committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full-time job.

    Lauer lastly mentioned his troubling flaws and how the whole situation made him review them. He also said how blessed he was to be within the confines of people he loved and thanked them publicly for their patience.

    This apology made clear that Lauer had done wrong someday, somewhere.

    Thijs Lauer Comes From A Wealthy Family

    Thijs belongs to a very wealthy household. His father’s net income was over $62 million before he was fired from NBC. Lauer has several other assets worth millions. Thijs’s mother too is involved in businesses and earns very well.

    Speaking of affluence, it might be worth mentioning that Thijs reportedly lives with his father in the host’s 14,000-square-foot house (Strongheart Manor). It apparently is one of the luxury properties on Peconic Bay that includes 12 bedrooms and a large wrap-around porch. It furthermore stretches across six acres in addition to having a dock, a pond with a bridge, and a pavilion with a fireplace, gym, and basketball court.

    Meanwhile, the Lauer kids are also on their way to establishing themselves. We all might get to see them a bit more in the upcoming days.

    A Quick Look Into Thijs’ Father, Matt Lauer’s Career at NBC News

    Despite the controversy and other things, Matt Lauer has quite a big profile as a TV personality.

    It all began in the year 1992 when Lauer joined NBC and became one of the co-anchors. He co-hosted the early weekday news show Today in New York. After a year, he also co-hosted Live at Five with Sue Simmons.

    Lauer joined The Today Show full-time in January 1994 as a news anchor, while still co-anchoring Today in New York and Live at Five. In June 2007 he interviewed Prince Harry and Prince William. Lauer also co-hosted NBC’s live coverage of Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.

    Along with these, he also co-hosted the opening ceremonies of several Olympic Games. His commentary on the 2012 opening ceremonies faced criticisms and was described as being ‘ignorant’ and ‘banal’.

    On January 6, 2017, Lauer celebrated his 20th anniversary on The Today Show.


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