GMA’s T.J. Holmes estranged wife Marilee breaks her silence
The estranged wife of suspended GMA3 host T.J. Holmes has expressed her ‘disappointment’ at the way he has flaunted his affair with his co-host and lover Amy Robach.
Speaking through her divorce lawyer – and exclusively to DailyMail.com – Marilee Fiebig hit out at Holmes’s ‘lack of discretion, respect and sensitivity’ as their 12-year marriage publicly crumbled.
‘During the holiday season and in light of the challenging times, Marilee’s sole focus has remained on the overall best interest of her 9-year-old daughter,’ said attorney Stephanie Lehman.
‘To that end T.J.’s lawyer and I have been working together to move their divorce forward privately, expeditiously and as amicably as possible,’ said Lehman, head of the New York/New Jersey family law practice Phillips Nizer.
‘Notwithstanding, we continue to be disappointed by T.J’s lack of discretion, respect and sensitivity toward Marilee and the party’s daughter.
‘Marilee has been touched by the outpouring of support and looks forward to a new beginning in this new year.’
DailyMail.com exposed Holmes’ affair with Robach in late November with a series of pictures showing them enjoying flirty post-filming sessions at a New York City bar, alone time in each other’s apartments, and – two weeks before Thanksgiving – on a weekend away in a secluded cottage in Upstate New York.
They were the perfect family of three: successful TV anchor T.J. Holmes, his high-powered lawyer wife Marilee Fiebig and their beautiful 9-year-old daughter Sabine
Then T.J.’s close friendship with his Good Morning America co-anchor Amy Robach turned into a full-blown affair. T.J. and Amy were packing on the PDA for the first time in public as they enjoyed a Christmas break in Miami seemingly flaunting their affair now that they’ve been outed
Now T.J.’s estranged wife Marilee Fiebig has released a statement exclusively to DailyMail.com to express her dismay over the actions of the father of their 9-year-old daughter, Sabine
And once the secret was out Holmes, 45, and Robach, 49, have made little attempt to hide. Last week they were pictured locking lips while they were on a midwinter break in Miami.
Upbeat Marilee posted a selfie alongside her daughter Sabine on Christmas night. Marilee captioned her post: “Exhausted but been counting down the days to this merry one…..”
Both Holmes and Robach have been suspended from their roles hosting GMA3, ABC’s lunchtime extension of Good Morning America.
Holmes and Fiebig – whose only child Sabine turns 10 next week – have been married for 12 years as have Robach and her husband, former Melrose Place actor Andrew Shue.
Marilee, 45, an attorney, is the Chief Diversity Officer for the Save the Children Foundation.
Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo she was formerly the vice president of operations and general counsel at Wilhelmina modeling agency and chief of staff at Rock Nation entertainment company.
She and T.J. met in 2009 and married in Memphis in March 2010. Their daughter Sabine was born in January, 2013.
Sources told DailyMail.com that Holmes and Robach crossed the line from close friends and co-stars to lovers last June while covering the Queen’s Jubilee in London.
Until now, both Fiebig and Shue, 55, have kept mum about the affair that destroyed their marriages. It is not known how either learned of the romance, but both couples split in August.
It was reported that Holmes filed for divorce last week, but as of Friday there were no filings listed in New York Supreme Court.
Robach held on to her man, who appeared relaxed as they chatted on their break, with the blonde GMA host cinching her hair up on a grip and donning flip flops paired with a thin black leopard print dress
In Miami Beach over the holidays they left their career turmoil behind, but their futures hang in the balance after they were suspended
T.J. and Amy had been keeping their distance in public since their affair was outed. While they were spotted visiting their respective apartments, there was no sign of PDA after they were both suspended from their co-anchor positions.
But all that changed as the holidays approached. Just days before Christmas, Holmes and Robach seemed unable to keep away from each other as they enjoyed a low-key lunch at the Capital Grill near Holmes’s apartment in New York’s Financial District,
Then T.J. was seen with his arm around Amy, keeping her close, when they were spotted by DailyMail.com at the Atlanta airport.
And they let it all hang out in a series of steamy photos.
Amy leaned into her co-host against a pier railing where they kissed and then, hand-in-hand and headed to a seaside restaurant for lunch and drinks where Robach rubbed Holmes’s leg, laughing and kissing the entire time.
‘I can only imagine how Marilee felt about that,’ a friend told DailyMail.com.
‘And to think, Marilee once considered Amy a close, trusted friend and part of her sisterhood. Such betrayal.’
Indeed, Marilee expressed her affection for Amy in an Instagram post, giving her a shout out as part of her ‘female village’ and praise for her love and support and ‘lending me her amazing daughters to babysit’ for Sabine when she had daycare issues.
Marilee considered Amy part of her ‘female village’ giving her a shout out for her love and support and thanking her for ‘lending me her amazing daughters to babysit’ for Sabine when she had daycare issues
Marilee considered Amy, here with Al Roker’s wife Deborah Roberts, to be a close family friend. She was overjoyed when T.J. and Amy were give the co-anchor jobs at GMA
Last week Shue’s son Nate shared a somber family portrait on Wednesday without his stepmom Amy Robach , following the news of her romance with her co-anchor. Marilee showed her support for the family and liked the post
Holmes’ and Robach’s 12-year marriages were left in tatters. The pair have both been married to their respective spouses since 2010; Pictured March 2022
Amy and her estranged husband Shue are currently in divorce mediation, DailyMail has learned.
Last week Shue’s son Nate shared a rather somber family portrait without his stepmom Amy Robach, following the news of her romance with her co-anchor.
Canny Marilee expressed her support by ‘liking’ the post.
The photo featured Nate, 26, with his Melrose Place star dad as well as half-brothers Aidan and Wyatt, as they sat together on an outdoor sofa.
The snap was captioned ‘RIDERS ON THE STORM. ON TO ‘23,’ as the family were away in Montana on Wednesday, December 28. Aidan and Wyatt are the product of Shue’s 14-year marriage to floral designer Jennifer Hageney.
Holmes reportedly filed for divorce from his wife Marilee Fiebig (pictured in 2013) after 12 years of marriage
T.J. has not been hesitant to express his love and admiration for Marilee over the years.
‘In all I do, I have a partner looking out for me, advising me, keeping me on track and stopping me from making a mistake, no matter how great or small,’ T.J. wrote about his marriage in a letter for The Root.com in March 2014.
‘My family and I are closer, my individual net worth has gone up every year since we met, I’ve learned a second language, I’m healthier, I use the N-word less, I listen to Sunday church service more, I’m a better friend, I’m more forgiving than I used to be, I’m more involved in charitable work,’ he continued.
‘In every way, I’m better off because I’m married. So, for me, a successful marriage has revolved around this principle: I like who I am with her.’
In honor of their 10th anniversary, T.J. posted another tribute to his wife – but that was on the heels of his three-year affair with GMA producer Natasha Singh, a woman who also counted his current lover as one of her close friends.
Natasha Singh, a producer for GMA based in LA, had a three-year affair with Holmes
Holmes managed to salvage his own union to Marilee. But just barely.
In a gushing 10th anniversary Instagram tribute to his wife when they were navigating the fallout from his affair he wrote: ‘This particular #decadechalleng is a little late but…10 years ago, Marilee Fiebig married me. And despite my best efforts, she remained married to me the past 10 years.
‘That’s not hyperbole, I’m not being dramatic. I gave her plenty of reasons, excuses, and opportunities to walk her fine a** out the doooooooor. But instead, with her built-in black woman superpower, she showed a grace and patience that’s incomprehensible.’
And, it would appear, unsustainable, when that ‘grace and patience’ was repaid by Holmes having yet another affair.
But in November, before DailyMail.com revealed his affair, T.J. wrote an ominous post on his Instagram. ‘End the relationship and cry once. It’s better than being with them and crying daily.’ Holmes wrote at the time, adding that it was his ‘Quote of the week’ with a crying face emoji.
T.J. and Amy spent a weekend shacked up in a cozy cottage in the Shawangunk Mountain region, checking out of their rental on Sunday November 13. Holmes was seen giving his lover a playful squeeze from behind as she packed up the car
Just days before Christmas, Holmes and Robach seemed unable to keep away from each other as they enjoyed a low-key lunch at the Capital Grill near Holmes’s apartment in the Financial District
Holmes kept his hand on Robach’s shoulder as they strolled through the terminal in Atlanta
The couple stocked up on supplies for their vacation, including a box of Stella Artois
They rented a Toyota Tacoma from the airport that they then filled with all the groceries they bought
When news first broke of the co-hosts’ affair, Robach and Holmes seemed determined to brazen it out – with T.J. sparking disbelief when he appeared alongside Robach and made light of the scandal after their relationship became public.
Then, speaking on Friday December 2, he joked that it had been ‘a great week’ and that he wished it would ‘just keep going.’
Their next move was to claim that they were ‘openly dating’ and speak about ‘growing their relationship.’
Marilee, who shares a nine-year-old daughter with Holmes, last shared a photo of her husband on August 19, wishing him a happy 45th birthday
She and T.J. met in 2009 and married in Memphis in March 2010. Their daughter Sabine was born in January, 2013
Grinning Amy was dressed in all black and orange trainers as she headed out for a walk on January 1
When Holmes was first approached for comment by DailyMail.com, his knee-jerk reaction was a career-saving attempt to ‘adamantly deny’ the relationship existed at all.
Sources later told DailyMail.com that while the two have accepted the fate of their marriages, they don’t want to ‘jeopardize their futures with the network any more than they already have.’
Their employment at ABC still hangs in the balance, as the network has yet to make a final decision on whether either or both will return to their show.
Both hosts were suspended ‘indefinitely’ following the revelation that their well-publicized friendship and on-screen chemistry had ‘crossed the line.’
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