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Jenna Bush Hager was caught off guard on the Today show Friday when her co-host Hoda Kotb asked if her husband, Henry Hager, was her best friend.
The Today with Hoda & Jenna stars debated whether your spouse should also be your closest pal while chatting about a recent Wall Street Journal article on the topic.
‘Is your husband your best friend?’ Kotb, 59, asked Bush Hager, 41, who briefly stuttered before answering the complicated question.
‘Uh, love Henry so much,’ she said, laughing. ‘I love him, but… And I do [love him]. Like, yes, he is one of my best friends. I mean, I adore him, and I tell him everything. ‘But I like girlfriends. I love my girlfriends.’
Jenna Bush Hager, 41, was caught off guard on the Today show Friday after her co-host Hoda Kotb asked her if her husband, Henry Hager, was her best friend
The couple wed in May 2008, and they celebrated their 15-year anniversary last spring
Bush Hager and Henry after three children together, Mila 10, Poppy, eight, and Hal, four
Bush Hager has been married to Henry for 15 years, and they share three children together, Mila, 10, Poppy, eight, and Hal, four.
She noted that your spouse is bound to be one of your closest confidants by nature because you live together and see each other every.
‘The definition of best friend is so arbitrary,’ she said. ‘Different friends are closer on different days.’
Kotb then wanted to know how often Bush Hager talks to Henry each day, and she was surprised by their constant communication.
‘I’ve already talked to him today. He calls in the car on the way to school, checks in. We probably talk or text at least 10 times,’ the former first daughter estimated.
‘Oh really? Wow. That’s a lot,’ Kotb said.
‘Is that too much?’ Bush Hager asked.
‘Yes. That is a lot of talking and texting,’ Kotb replied, and the audience seemed to agree with her.
The Today co-hosts were debating whether your spouse should also be your closest pal when Kotb asked Bush Hager if Henry was her best friend
‘Uh, love Henry so much,’ she said, laughing. ‘I love him, but… And I do [love him]. Like, yes, he is one of my best friends… But I like girlfriends. I love my girlfriends’
Bush Hager shocked Kotb when she shared that she and Henry talk or text ‘at least 10 times’ a day. ‘We don’t call 10 times,’ she clarified. ‘We text like, “Miss you, love you”‘
‘We don’t call 10 times,’ Bush Hager clarified. ‘We text like, “Miss you, love you.”‘
Kotb then changed her tune, admitting it is ‘sweet’ that they send each other lovey-dovey texts throughout the day.
Whether or not Bush Hager texts with her husband too much remains up to debate, but they both agreed you should never rely on one person for everything.
‘I think it’s hard if all your needs you rely on one bucket because you’re inevitably going to be disappointed,’ Kotb said. ‘Because no one can sustain being the spouse, the partner, the best friend. I think it’s too much for any human being.’
The Today co-hosts also discussed why it seems like women have ‘deeper friendships’ outside of their marriages compared to men.
They referenced a 2017 study that found 64 percent of married men considered their wives to be their best friends, but only 48 of women felt the same.
‘I just noticed this,’ Bush Hager said. ‘It’s harder in general for men to keep up their really good friendships.’
Kotb recalled all of the times she asked men what they talked about with their friends, but she would never get a clear answer.
‘They’re like, “Sports? I dunno?”‘ she said.
Bush Hager shared that she gets similar responses from her own husband when she asks about his conversations with friends.
‘Friends are getting divorced, and I’m like, “Did he say why?” And he’s like, “We didn’t discuss it,”‘ she explained. ‘I’m like, “You didn’t talk about the whole reason you went and met him?”‘