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When Tamron Hall announced that she was expecting her first child, at 48-years-old, she also shared that she was married. While she shared and posted pictures of her man, Steven Greener, she didn’t offer too many details about him, how they met or anything else. But when the journalist sat down with PEOPLE, she opened up about delivering her first child at 48 and how losing her job at NBC opened her up to the deepest love of her life.

Hall left the network in February of 2017, when NBC announced that Megyn Kelly would take over her time slot.

While publicly she put forth an optimistic and hopeful face, Hall said the exit was emotional. “I leaned on my friends, my family. I cried. They weren’t pity cries; it was the reality of fear.” But while she was shifting and making adjustments in one part of her life, she found that with the extra free time, she had the opportunity to examine her life in a new way.

She said being away from NBC helped her to recognize Greener, who would eventually become what Hall calls the “deepest, greatest love.”

Greener, who is a music manager and partner at Primary Wave oversees “the music talent management that’s home to Cee Lo Green, Fantasia, Melissa Etheridge, Brandy, Cypress Hill, Eric Benét, Toots & Metals and more.”

Hall didn’t meet Greener in 2017 though. The two had known each other for some time.

“I’ve known him for many years. We would run into each other, and he’s shy, so I wasn’t clear that he was hitting on me exactly. I thought he was just being friendly,” says Hall. “When we finally started dating, I could see him clearly. When I was working, given the competitive environment I was in, you don’t always see people for who they are. Once I left, I started to have better conversations. You’re more present, and you’re not looking at your phone, not checking your email. The fear factor of ‘What’s going on with my spot? Am I going to keep this job?’ fell away, and I could really see Steven.”

Tamron said, “He’s an outgoing person. He’s a shy person, but he likes to stay, not in the shadows, but he likes to stay on the side and he likes to root me on.”

And Greener said this of Hall, “Tamron is one of the most authentic, loving, honest, caring people I’ve ever known,” he shares. “My favorite part of marriage and fatherhood so far is realizing every day I am exactly where I was always meant to be — with my family. I am home.”

While the announcement was a bit of shock, Hall mentioned him during her sit down with Steve Harvey in 2017. Still, she was adamant about protecting this aspect of her life.

“This was my deepest, greatest love, and I’d never talked about my personal life on TV. I always thought, ‘One day I’ll get married, and I don’t want my husband to have to look at old episodes of me gushing over the last guy.’ So I’ve always been very cautious. I think today, people mistake privacy for secrecy. People say he’s my ‘secret husband.’ But we were going everywhere together; it was just a private thing I needed to protect,” explains Hall. “Look, I lost my sister. (Hall’s sister Renate was murdered by her husband and father of her children in 2004.) I know what an unhealthy, terrible relationship looks like. With Steven it is great to have this guy who is rooting me on, and he was the first person I’ve ever dated when I haven’t been on television. With everyone else it became an issue because work was my real boyfriend. That was who I was dating and getting in the grind with. Steven was my first and only boyfriend who did not have to turn on the TV to see me, and I think that’s been important.”

Hall told PEOPLE that this is the first child for both of them. Greener is 51 and believed he’d never have children. At 48-years-old, Hall said she was nervous about sharing news of her pregnancy with the public.

And weeks later, on April 24, the two welcomes Moses who was 6lbs., 4 oz.

Since Moses’ birth, the parents have worked to combine their lives and their culture in raising this son. The couple hosted a bris at their home, the Jewish circumcision.

“My mom nearly passed out. We had both grandparents on each side there, and he’s going to Texas to have a Christening or a Confirmation at my mom’s southern Baptist church. We’ve just combined our life experience, and we want to teach him tradition.”

Hall says that while her story is not one she could have

“My story is not one I could’ve ever expected. I never thought I’d have to lose everything to gain even more. But I lost my spot and I gained a husband who roots for me, a beautiful baby boy who looks at me like I’m his entire world.”

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