Jenna Wolfe reveals that she and her wife Stephanie Gosk split up almost TWO YEARS ago
Former NBC anchor Jenna Wolfe has revealed that she and her wife, NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk, quietly split nearly two years ago, but they are “still good friends.”
The journalist and personal trainer shared the news of their breakup while opening up about her recent hysterectomy and double mastectomy, preventive surgeries she underwent earlier this year after testing positive for the BRCA-1 breast cancer gene.
Wolfe, 49, shared People that she and Gosk, 51, split in September 2021, eight years after they got married, saying the COVID-19 pandemic strained their relationship as they both had to work from home.
“There’s a lot of beautiful ego that comes into play when one person is on television,” she joked. “But when there are two people on television, plus both kids trying to attend Zoom school in a Manhattan apartment, there just isn’t room anywhere.”
Former NBC anchor Jenna Wolfe (pictured) revealed that she and her wife, NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk, quietly split two years ago
Wolfe, 49, and Gosk, 51, were married for eight years when the latter left their shared apartment in September 2021
Wolfe was working as an anchor for Fox Sports at the time, while Gosk was doing news stories for NBC.
“We decided afterwards, in order to keep the relationship, that it was better for Steph to move out,” she explained.
Wolfe added that she and Gosk are “still good friends” and “still loving parents” to their two daughters, Harper, nine, and Quinn, eight.
“We were just waiting for the right time to tell people because this is often seen as a failure. Like, “Oh, your marriage failed,” she said. “But I’m like, ‘Or maybe we figured out a way to save the family unit.'”
Their divorce wasn’t Wolfe’s only source of grief during the pandemic. Her mother was also diagnosed with aggressive stage 3 breast and lymph node cancer.
Wolfe couldn’t even be with her mother during her chemotherapy and radiation treatments because everyone was in quarantine.
Her mother also underwent a double mastectomy and hysterectomy after testing positive for BRCA. She advised her daughter to get tested as well.
Women with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation have a high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.
Wolfe said the COVID-19 pandemic strained their relationship, but they are “still good friends” and “still loving parents” to their two daughters, Harper, nine, and Quinn, eight
A year and a half after their split, Wolfe tested positive for the BRCA-1 breast cancer gene and opted to have preventive surgery
When Wolfe learned she also has the gene, she quickly decided to have a preventive hysterectomy and double mastectomy.
“There was no cancer in our family, but we went through all the numbers: I’m in my late 40s and my mother had cancer, and I’m an Ashkenazi Jew. My cancer risk was 44 percent. That is almost 1 in 2,’ she explains. “I walked around like thanking my lucky stars that I hadn’t gotten cancer yet.”
Wolfe underwent a hysterectomy on March 21 and a double mastectomy on April 11. She opened up about both procedures on Instagram, sharing photos of herself in the hospital.
However, she did not share the difficulties she faced during her recovery.
“I was in excruciating pain, double for 10 days,” she told People. “I had serious complications with both surgeries.”
Wolfe recalled one night when she “started bleeding a lot” while she was home alone with her daughters.
“I had to go to the ER, but no one was there to stay at their house. And I had to leave them alone. Steph eventually came along,” she said.
Wolfe tried not to complain in front of her daughters, but they watched her struggle to walk with drains coming out of her side.
In the spring, Wolfe underwent a hysterectomy (pictured), followed by a double mastectomy
“I was in excruciating pain, double for 10 days,” Wolfe told People. ‘I had serious complications with both operations’
Wolfe (pictured after her double mastectomy) will have a third surgery in August to get breast implants
She admitted that “it’s been a really brutal few months” because she “felt really broken and weak.” She also couldn’t exercise, which has always been an outlet for her.
“I had the divorce and I had the surgeries and I need a job and I’m home alone with the kids,” she recalls. “I was like tearing myself apart. For example, I don’t even feel good – how can I put myself out there to get a job or meet someone or be a great mom? I just felt like I was failing at every corner.”
Six weeks after her mastectomy, she got permission from her doctor to start exercising again. She started slowly with 20 minutes on a stationary bike and built up her strength.
Wolfe shared that co-parenting with Gosk “works really well,” saying they talk every day and still get together with their kids.
In August, she will undergo another surgery to get breast implants, but other than that, she’s not sure what the future holds for her.
“I don’t know where I will be in five years. I don’t know if I’ll be back in the news or in sports. I don’t know how the children will be, or how my health will be, whether I will be alone,” she said.
“Usually people tell their story when it’s over,” she added. “I just know I’m in the middle of mine.”