Former “GMA3” co-hosts TJ Holmes and Amy Robach opened up for the primary time about their controversial relationship and their departure from ABC Information.
Holmes, 46, described the couple as “the individuals who misplaced the roles we love as a result of we love one another.”
“Quite a bit has been mentioned about us,” he mentioned Tuesday on the debut of their “Amy and TJ Podcast.”
Robach mentioned she was nervous about sharing their story.
“As a result of we’ve not spoken. We did not say something and different folks had our story, they instructed our story,” she mentioned. “And I should not say ‘our’, they instructed a narrative. It is not our story. That is the primary time we’re really allowed to say what occurred and the place we at the moment are.”
In January, an ABC Information spokesperson mentioned Holmes and Robach had been not with the community after an incident Daily Mail article revealed on November 30, 2022 with images of them holding arms in a automotive and spending time collectively. The story rapidly led to accusations that Robach and Holmes had been having an affair — a declare they denied a number of instances on their podcast.
“To be clear, we had been uncovered as a result of we had been in a relationship,” Holmes mentioned. “However everybody else thought we had been being portrayed as adulterers as a result of we had been dishonest on our husbands, and that wasn’t the case.”
Robach mentioned she and her ex-husband, Andrew Shue, separated in the summertime of 2022.
“Everybody in my shut circle knew I used to be getting divorced,” she mentioned. ‘I took off my ring [in] early August. It was very clear to everybody who knew me that I used to be in the midst of a divorce.”
On Holmes’ facet, nobody, together with his mom, had initially identified about his divorce from Marilee Fiebig. He mentioned that, trying again, he would have dealt with the scenario in a different way.
“We must always not have allowed, and I’d say on reflection, folks to seek out out about our relationship earlier than they knew about our divorces,” he mentioned.
Robach mentioned they each needed to attend to inform folks in regards to the relationship as a result of they each needed their divorce finalized.
“We thought we had been defending our kids and our households, and we thought we had time,” she mentioned. “And we thought we had a proper to privateness. And perhaps that was silly and silly.”
The couple mentioned they’d been good pals for eight years. Holmes mentioned their friendship was so shut that individuals would name them “brother, sister nearly, peas in a pod and all that kind of factor.”
“To the purpose the place folks would accuse us, I should not say accuse, in the event that they had been making a joke about what is going on on with you guys two da da da, we would nearly say ‘ew, that is similar to my sis, ugh, disgusting,” he continued.
“That is actually true,” Robach mentioned, laughing.
“However even now, from time to time I catch you saying ‘honey’ or one thing like that and I am like, ‘That is so bizarre.’ As a result of we have been pals for thus lengthy. I imply, actually, actually, pals for a very long time,” he continued.
He went on to clarify that they grew shut through the years and that Robach grew to become his rock whereas he was going by some “issues.”
“However I nonetheless did not see this coming,” he added.
In the course of the podcast, which launched precisely a yr after ABC took them off the air, the 2 mentioned the challenges they’ve confronted since their romance hit the information.
Robach described the previous twelve months because the ‘yr of hell’. Holmes mentioned he needed to take care of it alone in an condominium he moved into after his divorce from Fiebig. Robach mentioned issues bought so unhealthy for Holmes that she needed to do a “wellness verify” on him after he despatched alarming textual content messages.
“I texted again and mentioned, ‘You are scaring me. Please inform me you are okay.’ No response. I name. He does not reply. I FaceTime him. He does not reply his FaceTime,” she recalled. “He does not reply anybody.”
She mentioned that when she arrived at his condominium, Holmes was “unfold out” on the mattress.
“And I ran to you and also you did not transfer,” she mentioned. “I used to be so scared.”
Holmes mentioned he remembers “popping vodka” and taking edibles that day.
“That mixture was terrifying,” Robach mentioned.
The couple ended their podcast by saying they had been completely satisfied to share their story.
‘It is cathartic and unbelievable to have the ability to inform it and expertise it. We did not really feel comfy strolling down the road with our heads held excessive, a minimum of not at first, however now we have began doing it. … We simply hope that we’ll create a brand new path ahead the place we are able to a minimum of say, ‘That is what really occurred and that is what we’d have appreciated to have performed higher and in a different way.’