Shamin Abas’s Shaky Ties With Past Husband Coincides with Matt Lauer’s History
Public relation executive Abas is dating the Today show's former anchor Matt Lauer. The duo has been in a relationship after more than a decade-long friendship.
Apart from being in a relationship, the dynamic couple shares something profoundly in common together — that is, both of them have gone through broken relationships in the past, with Shamin being divorced twice and a sexual misconduct allegation ending Matt's marriage.
This common experience of brokenness might have brought them together.
Shamin Has Been Divorced Twice
The 50-year-old has been married twice in her life. She met her first husband on a cruise ship where she was working. Her first husband was a cosmetic dentist in Detroit.
Abas married her second husband, Frank Cilione, a nightclub entrepreneur, on November 8, 2003. They opened a restaurant named Tsunami in Palm Beach together, which eventually went bankrupt.
In an interview with Palm Beach Post, Abas hinted the financial burden was one of the causes for the failure of her second marriage. The publicist filed for divorce on July 17, 2007, citing “marriage is irretrievably broken” as a reason for divorce.
Matt Was Accused of Sexual Misconduct
In October 2017, Matt was accused of sexual assault by former NBC colleague Brooke Nevils during the 2014 Olympics in Russia. The sexual assault allegation was made in Ronan Farrow’s book, Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and Conspiracy to Protect Predators. Matt denied the rape allegation and claimed they had consensual sex, which led to a three-month affair.
The TV personality was fired from the company in November 2017 after several accusations of sexual misconduct were made against him. He offered an apology through Instagram, expressing regret for the pain caused by his words and action.
Matt also said that some of what was being said about him was untrue or mischaracterized, but that there was enough truth in those stories to make him feel embarrassed and ashamed.
The Sexual Allegation Led to Matt’s Divorce
Matt was married to Annette Roque for 20 years, and they together have three children Jack, Thijs, and Romy, aged 19, 13, and 16 years, respectively. Annette filed for divorce from the former Today show host following several allegations of sexual misconduct against him.
The former couple agreed to divide the properties, with Annette getting a sum of $25 million from her ex-husband and sharing their children's joint custody.
Shamin Attended A Car Show With Matt And His Son
Matt Lauer, the former NBC Today show host, and Shamin were spotted together in December 2019 boarding a flight to New Zealand for a romantic holiday. They have been friends for almost 15 years, having met through work in 2005.
Matt and Shamin, along with Matt’s eldest son Jack, attended a car show in Hamptons, New York. Abas even took pictures of father and son while they posed inside cars. They were further seen taking a ride in Matt’s $1.4 million yacht in Orient, New York.
Shamin Has Worked With Brands Like Jet Aviation
Shamin Abas is a public relations executive who owns Shamin Abas Ultra-Luxury Brand Marketing & Business Development.
The firm caters to very high caliber individuals and some of the most prestigious brands to design, produce, and promote marketing events. The firm has worked with brands like Ferrari North America and Jet Aviation.