Matt Lauer and wife Annette Roque 'barely speaking' amid divorce process

Matt Lauer and wife Annette Roque 'barely speaking' amid divorce process

Matt Lauer and Annette Roque are continuing on with the divorce process, but it hasn't been easy for the estranged couple.

Nearly six months after Lauer was fired from the "Today" show following complaints of sexual misconduct in the workplace, his relationship with his soon-to-be ex-wife is as poor as ever.

"He and Annette are barely speaking to each other," a source told People this week, adding that the couple's communication is "heavily fragmented," but they still live on the same property together in the Hamptons.

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People had previously reported that the couple of 20 years is "preparing for divorce" and that Lauer is "truly devastated" about the dissolution of his family.

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He "wants to make up for anything he has done to hurt people. But the damage in his marriage can't be fixed," a source told the outlet. "Each would be better off to move on. They know this, but the kids are important to both of them."

Lauer and Roque share son Jack, 16, daughter Romy, 14, and son Thijs, 11. Last month, Lauer issued his first statement since his firing in defense of "false stories" being written about his family.

"I have made no public comments on the many false stories from anonymous or biased sources that have been reported about me over these past several months- including a claim that I would, or even could, lock someone in my office. I remained silent in an attempt to protect my family from further embarrassment and to restore a small degree of the privacy they have lost," he said in a statement. "But defending my family now requires me to speak up. I fully acknowledge that I acted inappropriately as a husband, father and principal at NBC. However I want to make it perfectly clear that any allegations or reports of coercive, aggressive or abusive actions on my part, at any time, are absolutely false."

After being spotted out to dinner on numerous occasions in Manhattan this spring, earlier sources had revealed that Lauer was eager to make a comeback, despite those around him urging him to continue to lay low.

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