The 67-year-old former host of a daytime talk show has experienced a lot lately. Frank Gifford, her spouse, passed away five years ago. After 29 years of marriage, the couple’s complicated and lengthy love story came to an end.
Fortunately, Kathie has a very understanding family, and her strong bonds with Cassidy and Cody assisted in her recovery. Kathie recently even acknowledged that she had resumed dating, despite the fact that she isn’t “actively hunting” for romance.
The television celebrity has spent a lot of time with her family since leaving her position as host of the NBC morning show. Since 2018, Kathie has been residing outside of Franklin, Tennessee, and the single mother is embracing her new lifestyle.
She’s constantly thinking of thankfulness, an insider told.
She says she misses Frank terribly every day, but she is well, her children are doing well, and she genuinely enjoys her life.
The fact that Kathie has maintained her grounding despite her superstar position is what makes me admire her just a little bit more.
She is aware of the value of family and believes that all parents should seek to have close relationships with their adult children. Kathie frequently expresses her pride in her daughter Cassidy Gifford and son Cody Gifford.
When Cody and Cassidy appeared during Kathie’s final episode of Today in 2019 it was certainly a touching event. Through a handmade movie, the siblings had sent their mother a touching message.
“Mom is a TV icon to you. She is a legendary mother to us,” Cody added.
Cassidy kindly added, “The biggest life teachings that I have ever learned from my mom [is] if] you have a pulse, you have a purpose.
Midway through the 1980s, Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford started dating. They later were hitched in 1986. She was 23 years older than Frank, a respected American football player and TV sports analyst.
When Katie and Frank first met on the set of a morning news program, their age difference wasn’t an issue because they fell in love right away. Kathie claims that when she first met Frank, she “kind of” fell in love with him.
She remarked, “When I saw Frank Gifford (and his buns), it was love at first sight.”
In Atlantic City, New Jersey, Frank proposed.
“He asks, ‘Can I talk to you?’ quite seriously. She chuckled, “Oh my god, I thought he was going to dump me. He removed this stunning ring. I won’t comment on what he said. but it was simply gorgeous,” Kathie Lee said in a Kathie Lee and Hoda show.
The lovely nuptials took held in Bridgehampton, New York, on the beach.
The couple have two kids together. On March 22, 1990, Cody made his debut. From a previous marriage, Frank already had three children.
However, he and Kathie desired more children and made preparations for a much larger family.
But tragedy struck Kathie and Frank two years after Cody was born. After experiencing a miscarriage, Kathie was left inconsolable.
“Frank and I were hoping for our second child to arrive this fall or this spring,” says the mother. In an episode of Live with Regis and Kathie Lee in August 1992, Kathie said, “I simply wanted to inform everybody myself.
You really don’t appreciate the agony of it unless you go through [a miscarriage] yourself.
As a result, it should be clear why Kathie and Frank were so happy to have their second child in 1993, a year after the heartbreaking miscarriage. On August 2, 1993, Cassidy, Kathie’s daughter, was born.
Cody grew up following in his parents’ footsteps. He went to TV show premieres and red carpet events with his famous parents.
Cody’s decision to pursue a career in acting and television was therefore not unexpected.
He was also reportedly a gifted football player, which is perhaps not surprising given his father. Cody attended the University of Southern California and Oxford University in Tennessee
Cody and his mother shared a role in the Disney Channel original film Model Behavior, which starred Justin Timberlake, in 2000.
Cody started the Gifford Media Group after earning his college degree. This organization creates and distributes material to bigger organizations like Warner Bros. and the Hallmark Channel.
Cody, who turned 30 this year, is currently employed as a media strategist and screenwriter.
In college, Cody met Erika Brown, the love of his life, and they have been together ever since.
Kathie Lee revealed Cody and Erika’s engagement on Mother’s Day in 2019.
The delighted mother posted on Instagram, “My son is engaged and I couldn’t be happier for him and @missamerikabrown!!!”
One peek at the photos on their social media pages will reveal how well-liked Kathie and Erika are. The two were spotted hanging out and holding up some attractive crabs on July 4.
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Cody wed his longtime love Erika in September of 2020.
On September 7, Kathie Lee posted a picture of the newlyweds in their stunning attire to Instagram, writing, “God provided us a glorious day to celebrate this glorious couple.” “Such gratitude.”
Cassidy Gifford, Kathie and Frank’s second child, was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, on August 2, 1993.
Cassidy would seek a career in Hollywood, much like her parents and big brother. But like Cody, she first attended the University of Southern California.
Cassidy has worked as a model and an actress. She was first recognized for her attractiveness. She was one of the “18 Beautiful Women America Won’t Be Able to Resist This Summer” list five years ago.
She is well-known as an actress for her work in the films The Gallows, Time Trap, and God’s Not Dead (2015).
As previously indicated, Cody and Erika’s marriage made 2020 a significant year for the Gifford family.
However, that was not the only occasion that wedding bells rung. Cassidy wed Ben Wierda, her soul mate, in June 2020. In Michigan, the pair exchanged vows in a small ceremony.
In a post at the time, Kathie Lee wrote, “So delighted to share that my lovely daughter, @cassidygiff, is engaged to a fantastic man, Ben @letsgetwierda.” Beyond the moon and stars, I am. Gratitude to the LORD.
Since Cassidy was 11 and Ben was 14, the two have been buddies, as Kathie Lee revealed this year. Ben is employed by Clarion Technologies, Inc. as a project manager, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Ben doesn’t post much on social media, but Cassidy frequently uploads images to show how much she adores her spouse.
In November 2019, she said, “It was always you,” and shared a cute photo of Ben.
Cassidy doesn’t simply resemble her mother; occasionally, she also imitates Kathie’s appearance. She added a humorous photo to her Instagram account in April while she was in isolation.
With a black top, large sunglasses, and a large straw hat, Cassidy posed.
Cassidy wrote, “Quarantine is making me into my mother.”
Many people certainly chuckled at Cassidy’s photo and caption, but the truth is that she resembles her mother greatly, both physically and socially.