Al Roker tips his hat to the impact of strong women and the strong daughters they create.
On March 26, the Today show weatherman shared a rare moment with his wife, Deborah Roberts, and their daughter, Leila. In the photo, the ABC News correspondent embraces the couple's eldest child during a visit to Paris where she lives full-time. Al's family picture was placed side-by-side with a snap of Supreme Court Justice nominee Ketanji Brown-Jackson and her daughter, who is also named Leila.
The image was captured by The New York Times during the confirmation hearings of Judge Jackson when her daughter was sitting behind her beaming with pride. "A pair of strong women, #ketanjibrownjackson and @debrobertsabc with their strong and proud daughters named Leila," Al captioned his Instagram post.
Al's fans were moved by the post and inspired by the images of strong Black mothers and their daughters. One person wrote: "What a beautiful moment! Such loving strong role models for these two lovely daughters!! 😍😍❤️❤️🙏🙏." Another added: "All Beautiful Ladies 😍❤️." A different fan said: "Both girls resemble their mothers!! Beautiful all around."
What's more, Deborah originally posted the incredible photo on Instagram and she wholeheartedly agreed with what fans were saying in Al's repost. "Two beautiful Leilas. Two proud mamas," she wrote on her Instagram.
As fans may know, Al is a father of three. The NBC coanchor welcomed a daughter named Courtney with his first wife Alice Bell. After Al and Deborah got married in September 1995, their family grew with the birth of Leila and later their son, Nick. Over the years, Al's entire family has celebrated major milestones together, including when Courtney got married and Leila graduated college.
Most recently, Al opened up on Instagram about both the joys and struggles of having a daughter living abroad. Leila has been living in Paris for several years working as a journalist. According to Hello!, Leila went to college in the French capital and decided to stay after graduation.
Though Al's entire family isn't under the same roof, he makes sure to keep them as close as he can. In January, the Today cohost shared a sweet family moment with Deborah, Leila and Nick. Al snapped a pic from their Parisian lunch and shared it with fans. "Things are looking up when you get to have lunch with your #parisian daughter, @cleilapatra @nickroker155 and @debrobertsabcat @samaritaineparis," he captioned it.
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