Kathie Lee Gifford’s faith has helped her through some of her most trying times—even those she shared with her late husband Frank. And the TODAY host just opened up about that specific struggle and ultimate triumph on the show.
When the Giffords’ children, Cody and Cassidy, were still very young, the couple’s relationship was rocked by infidelity — which led to one of the most challenging times of their 29-year marriage.
“It’s horrible. It’s a tremendous test of your relationship,” Kathie Lee said.
She admitted that she did consider leaving her husband after that happened.
“You’re broken,” she said. “You’re broken by it.”
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At the end of the day, Kathie Lee’s ability to forgive Frank, along with the spouses’ mutual desire to rebuild their relationship again, won out in the end.
“It takes a lifetime to build that kind of friendship and history together and trust, and it takes one stupid decision to destroy it,” she said. “Sometimes you run out of time to build it up again. I was grateful that we could.”
She also said she was grateful that Cody and Cassidy, now 27 and 23, were too small at the time to truly realize what was going on between their parents.
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“By the time they did know, they realized how much their parents had loved each other and them by sticking it out and they never knew it,” she said.
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Besides love and work, Kathie Lee also acknowledged that her faith played a large role in helping her overcome the tough times and prevail in the end.
“You better be clinging to God really tight already because you’re practically going to be breaking your hand holding on,” she said of the experience.
It sounds like she had just the help (and the hand!) that she needed. And we couldn’t be prouder of her for being brave enough to admit it.