Is Katie Couric Looking to Settle Down with New Man?

by | September 7, 2012 at 8:58 PM | Celebrity, Celebrity Relationships

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Katie Couric has spent the last months slowly testing out the romantic waters with Wall Street financier John Molner, but she’s not ready to keep the brakes on forever, it seems.

“I would like to [get married],” she told Parade. “I’m the marrying kind, even though I’ve only been married once. I like the idea of having a life partner.”

Couric was married to Jay Monahan, who died of colon cancer in 1998 at the age of 42.

“I was lucky to meet him when I did because I was ready,” Couric told the magazine, adding that she’d made a conscious decision to try to balance a family life with her burgeoning news career.

“I had seen too many women give up the idea of having a family for their career,”she said. “For a time I thought I’d do that, too. But I think I had an epiphany and I decided … I’m going to try to meet someone I can marry and have kids with and who will be a life partner for me.”

Couric said that she found the strength to move on and find love again in part because she had two young daughters depending on her, according to People.

“When you’re confronted with terrible suffering and loss, you feel so utterly powerless. Debilitated. You can choose to end your life, to stop living. Or you can try to heal and have a sense of purpose,” she says. “When Jay died, I had a 2-year-old and a 6-year-old. I wanted to provide them with a happy home; that’s what enabled me to go on.”

Couric, now 55, stayed single, but has pursued a dating life in the ensuing years. Most notably, she ended a five-year relationship with another Wall Street guy — the much-younger Brooks Perlin, 37 — in December of last year.

“Brooks [is] a nice guy, but it was inevitable because they had different priorities and perspectives, and their age difference made it a challenge, too,” a source close to Couric told US Weekly at the time.

She and Molner, 49, who is the head of mergers and acquisitions at Brown Brothers Harriman, have been dating since April, according to People, but only went public with their relationship this past summer.

The couple are “very happy together,”  a source told The New York Post.

A guest who attended the Ellen Hermanson Breast Cancer Benefit in July that marked one of their first joint appearances noted, “Katie looked better than ever and, clearly in love, did her best to keep her relationship with John low-key. . . They looked good together and other guests remarked that he seemed a more age-appropriate match.”

On the professional front, Couric is getting ready for the debut of her new daytime talk show “Katie” on September 10. Her first guest is slated to be Jessica Simpson.

The new mom and Weight Watchers spokeswoman is set to unveil her post-pregnancy body and also talk about her own romantic life with her fiance, former NFL player Eric Johnson.

Maybe she can recommend a wedding planner?

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