“Today” contributor Bobbie Thomas recently told the public about the devastating loss of her husband, Michael Marion, at age 42.
Despite her grief, the style expert opened up about Marion’s death and shared with her followers, “As I type through tears, I embrace gratitude … holding our precious son Miles and memories, of the time I did have with Michael, closer to my broken heart.”
This is not the first time Thomas, 46, has been so open about her personal life. Throughout her decades-long career on television, she has shared with the “Today” show viewers some of her biggest milestones and struggles.
In 2013, Thomas and Marion tied the knot at former “Today” show host Kathie Lee Gifford’s home in Connecticut. “Today” anchors Natalie Morales and Hoda Kotb were also in attendance.
The morning news show shared a segment on Thomas’ nuptials, and leading up to the big day, Thomas welcomed viewers to take part in the wedding.
They helped her choose her dress, shoes, cake and wedding décor. The Le Spose di Gio dress she wore won first place with over 10,000 votes from fans.
Thomas told Today.com of her wedding, “Not only am I lucky to be surrounded by my closest friends and family while I stand next to my best friend today, but I have everyone’s well wishes that I get to carry with me too.”
Her fertility journey
After getting married in 2013, Thomas was candid about her struggles getting pregnant. She documented her experience undergoing in vitro fertilization via YouTube and on “Today.”
The style expert was honest about her “ups and downs,” and finally welcomed a son Miles, who is now 5 years old, after multiple rounds of IVF.
Thomas told Marlo Thomas on her YouTube channel that she wanted to speak up after she found herself whispering about her experience at work.
“It just didn’t feel OK to feel ashamed about something that was really amazing to have the opportunity in a modern world to try and overcome a challenge like infertility,” she said. “I was very excited and I felt privileged that I had doctors and the opportunity to look into that.”
Her experiences with motherhood
In December 2014, Thomas announced that she had become pregnant with her first child, via IVF.
As Miles became a toddler, Thomas incorporated her baby into fun parenting segments on the “Today” show.
In the clip above from Oct. 2016, she shared a list of creative toys and clothes for viewers’ babies and toddlers.
Thomas also gave an update on Miles, who was present, saying, “He’s got four or five steps under his belt. I’m just in tears. He’s walking away from me already.”
Her views on body image
In 2013, Thomas published her first book, “The Power of Style: Everything You Need to Know Before You Get Dressed Tomorrow.”
In the style guide, the fashionista gave some of her best tips for how to dress and feel as your most confident self.
In March 2019, Thomas reflected on Instagram on what she wrote in her book six years prior, and how “style is so connected to body image.”
“Acceptance is a difficult word to embrace, especially when standing in front of a mirror,” she captioned a picture of herself in her bra and underwear. “Even if you don’t like what you see, you must own, embrace and accept. It’s critical to see yourself honestly, exactly as you are in that very moment, and VALUE your reflection. Because if you don’t value something, why would you invest in it?”
Her husband’s health issues and death
In early 2019, Marion, a lawyer, suffered a stroke at the age of 40.
Thomas kept fans informed on her husband’s health, sharing in May that he had made progress by learning to walk again with assistance after being confined to a wheelchair.
In June, she shared on Instagram the heartwarming moment when her husband was able to pick up Miles for a hug for the first time since his stroke, adding that she had taken some time off from social media to “focus on being more present.”
Thomas wrote in the caption, “I’ve loved the time out but wanted to share this milestone that makes my heart so happy, and I hope yours too.”
Marion sadly died on Dec. 1 due to “problems involving several organ systems” that were unrelated to his previous stroke.
Thomas told her followers in a touching post on Instagram, “Hold onto what you do have right now instead of focusing on what you don’t. One thing we all have is kindness. Absorb it, extend it, exhaust it. Because in the end, the ONLY thing that matters is love.”