The former GMA3 cohosts—whose romance became the center of controversy when they were photographed during a getaway in November 2022—are detailing their relationship for the first time, sharing that it's been a "year of hell."
"To be clear, we were outed as being in a relationship," T.J. said during the Dec. 5 premiere of their self-titled iHeartPodcast, "but everyone else thought we were being outed as adulterous, being outed as cheating on our spouses and it wasn't the case. Because the odd thing is that the day those pictures were taken and the day that article was released, we had both, at that point, been in divorce proceedings."
The couple, who recently made their red carpet debut, first sparked romance rumors last fall after they were photographed together on a trip in Upstate New York. At the time, they were legally married to other people: Amy to Melrose Place alum Andrew Shue (they finalized their divorce in March) and T.J. to attorney Marilee Fiebig (who settled their divorce in October).
As Amy explained of her split at the time the photos were taken, "It was one of those things where everyone in my tight circle knew I was getting divorced. I took my ring off early August. It was very clear to anyone who knew me that I was in the middle of a divorce. T.J. is a much more private person than me and just chose to keep that to himself."
"But it was hard," she continued, "because anyone who was a viewer or anyone outside of a very small circle didn't know that either one of us were getting divorced, so that was one of the challenges we had in the beginning. We were trying to clear everything up."
T.J. went on to note that he didn't think to share news of his relationship with Amy right away, as he was still navigating the aspects of his breakup within his family.
"My daughter, I mean she's 10," the TV anchor said of his daughter Sabine. "I was still trying to get her adjusted to her new reality of her parents not being together."
T.J.—who, along with Amy, was replaced at the morning show after their relationship came to light—added that he didn't tell his family, including his mom about the split from his ex.
"So why the hell am I thinking about telling an executive and the network about it?" he noted. "So that's where our heads were. In hindsight, sure, maybe we screwed up."
(T.J.'s ex Marilee previously slammed her ex for his "lack of discretion" amid his new romance. Meanwhile, Andrew has not addressed his split publicly.)
The former ABC cohosts also recalled the controversy taking its toll on them as individuals, with Amy detailing an instance when she rushed over to T.J.'s apartment after receiving a concerning text from him and that, she herself, at times "didn't want to get up."
"To feel like, you know, who is still behind me? Who supports me? Will I work again? Will I ever be trusted again?" she explained. "Will people believe what really happened versus what people have written happened? And those were all things that we had to go through and deal with and I will say that I felt extremely lucky that we had each other."
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