Sometimes fans go too far, and that’s exactly what happened to Hoda Kotb. She received a letter from a fan that didn’t like her choices to become a parent later in her life.
“It was this woman who started off with kind of, ‘How dare you,’” the 56-year-old said. “She said, ‘I can’t believe that you thought it was a good idea to become a mother in your early 50s.’ And she just, sort of, went off.”
“It said, ‘You know, if you didn’t do the math, I’ll do it. When they’re in high school…’ She literally wrote all this down,” Kotb continued. “Of course, those are my worst fears written down by some person I don’t know.”
The letter even had the sender’s return address and real name in hopes that Hoda would actually reply to such a nasty letter. She even hand wrote it!
Hoda shredded the letter, but even destroying the letter doesn’t make the emotions from receiving something like that go away. “We’re human, and it hurts” she said.
In 2017, she adopted a baby girl and last year she adopted another. Their names are Haley Joy and Hope Catherine.
Fans of Kotb expressed their support to her by telling her to actually write back to the disrespectful fan explaining what her two daughters bring to her life, which is joy and happiness just as any other parent would feel, regardless of age.
Despite the criticism she has received, she told her fans that she is living in the “now”, and that her children do in fact bring happiness into her life. She doesn’t let the fact that she’s an “older mom” slow her down. She also explained that she didn’t know how big her heart was until adopting her children. She said “I didn’t know it had this much capacity”.
Through all the opinions of different fans and mean comments on the internet, she said that she is seriously considering adding another to their family unit. Hoda said that she really wants a boy.
We’re excited to see what’s next for Ms. Kotb! Keep on being a great parent and brushing the opinionated “fans” to the side!