Jenna Bush Hager swoons as she reflects on falling in love

  • The television host, 41, recalled her burgeoning romance on the Today show
  • Bush Hager claims she didn’t feel the bitter D.C. cold while falling in love
  • Her anecdote was prompted by Lip Kit mogul Kylie’s PDA with new her beau 

Jenna Bush Hager has opened up about falling head over heels in love with her husband Henry Chase Hager, revealing that she felt all ‘warm’ inside – despite their romance blossoming in a freezing cold Washington D.C.

The TV host, 41, shared intimate details about the early days of her romance with Henry, 45 – which began 15 years ago – while discussing the widely circulated video of Kylie Jenner, 26, and Timothée Chalamet, 27, kissing at a Beyoncé concert.

‘It’s like adrenaline – I remember!’ Bush Hager said to her co-host Hoda Kotb on Wednesday’s episode of Today With Hoda & Jenna.

‘I said this to Henry. The first winter that we fell in love, it was the first winter. I did not live in Texas, I lived in Washington. It was cold. I don’t remember it being cold.’

Jenna Bush Hager opened up about falling in love with her husband Henry Chase Hager on Wednesday's Today With Hoda & Jenna

Kotb probed: ‘You don’t remember that?’ 

‘I don’t remember cold,’ she insisted. ‘I was never cold…. I just remember feeling warm inside and loved.’

Turning their attention to the rise of social media and online dating, the presenters commented that relationships nowadays get accelerated.

‘It sort of makes me sad that our kids won’t have that longing feeling,’ Bush Hager said.

‘Remember that feeling? When we were in college, you would be, like, I wonder where he is? And you wouldn’t know.’ 

Bush Hager was living in Washington D.C when she started dating Henry, away from her hometown of Texas. 

The couple had met in 2004 while he was working on her dad’s Presidential Campaign.

She previously admitted on the Today show a few years ago that she asked him to marry her after just three months of dating – but he turned her down because she was too young.

Bush Hager and Henry tied the knot at Prairie Chapel Ranch on May 10, 2008, four years after meeting

The television presenter, pictured with her father George W Bush on her wedding day, admitted she never felt cold when she was falling in love

‘After three months of dating — I might’ve had a Christmas cocktail — and we were dancing, and I said, “This is it, I know it, let’s just get married, what are we waiting for?”‘ she said.

‘My sister was like, “Whoa, whoa”,’ she said of her twin Barbara Bush’s reaction.

Bush Hager eventually went on to marry Henry four years later in 2008. They are parents to three children, daughters Mila, 10, and Poppy, eight, and son Hal, four. 

Their relationship became public when they appeared together at a White House dinner for King Charles III and Queen Camilla, when he was the-then Prince of Wales and she was the Duchess of Cornwall. 

Henry is the Managing Director at Waterous Energy Fund, a North American private equity firm seeking to invest in established oil and gas businesses. 

Bush Hager shares three children - daughters Mila, 10, and Poppy, eight, and son Hal, four - with her other half

The couple recently celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary

Before joining Waterous Energy Fund, he was a Director with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts. Henry began his professional career working alongside Bush Hager’s father as Staff Assistant to the Senior Advisor at the White House to President George W. Bush. 

During the Bush-Cheney Presidential Campaign in 2004, he served as Deputy Operations Manager. 

Last month, Bush Hager revealed her husband was so nervous to ask her father for her hand in marriage that he read the Bible for courage before getting his blessing

‘[It was] not easy,’ she said. 

‘He actually read the Bible. I was like, “Come see the movie,” or “We’re going to go do this”.

‘We had friends there, and he was like, “No”. He called my dad. He’s like, “I’d like to come speak to you”.

‘He’s like, “I’m taking a nap. Come in a couple hours.” So he had to sit and stew.’ 

The former First Daughter noted that her other half was more than prepared when the time came to share his intentions with his future father-in-law. 

‘He had like a seven-point plan of why he wanted to marry me and how he was going to take care of me,’ she explained. 

‘My dad goes, “Henry, I said yes. You don’t need to go through anything else — Laura, Henry’s proposing,” and that was that. Good thing he did it.’


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