Especially for these girls who were a little bit younger and needed to feel more confident in their own skin.” Empowering women remains a driving force in what currently makes Thomas such a compelling figure on “TODAY”—and her message is clearest when it comes directly from her own experiences.
“I needed to accumulate hours if I was going to go through with licensure and become a therapist…[and] part of that was talking about preventative measures and going to schools and talking to kids in PE about sexual harassment, etc,” she explains.
“And it was a lightbulb moment for me, actually, realizing that I could affect change before [something] happened, instead of in the space of trauma, which was aftercare.” During the late 1990s, Thomas’ 20s were influenced by an up-and-coming celebrity scene in LA with friends like Fergie (a longtime pal who wrote a forward to Thomas’ book) and Justin Timberlake (a fun fact that we uncovered: during N*SYNC’s heyday, she was his bandmate JC Chasez’s girlfriend for three years and appeared in the band’s “I Drive Myself Crazy” music video) to name a few.
And while they’re the epitome of family bliss now (complete with Chica, their long-haired Chihuahua), the road to parenthood proved challenging as Thomas found herself undergoing IVF in order to conceive.
It was a journey that wasn’t easy but that she felt very strongly about sharing through her distinctive position on national TV.
As time went on, she was able to use her natural gift for public speaking and her window into the glossy side of the entertainment industry to land TV and magazine gigs, carving a unique path to a job that didn’t quite exist yet.
A pivotal moment came when she was offered an opportunity to be an advice columnist in magazine—she found that she was able to make a tangible link between the work she was doing with young people in schools, America’s fame-obsessed culture, and her access to young celebrities on the rise.
I’m lucky and I want to give back.” It’s evident in the big, beaming smiles on her and her son’s faces as they snuggle on her serene, pillow-laden white couch and indulge in playtime on the floor of Miles’ nursery, that she is indeed thriving in her role as a mother.
Thomas glows as she recounts silly moments at home, having dance parties in the living room while Miles tries to figure out where the music is coming from (pro tip: The magic of Sonos speakers) and she readily share her delight that her husband has always been a champion for the happiness of their family.
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Bobbie and her husband Michael struggled to have kids through IVF, but in November 2014, after four rounds of in vitro fertilization, months of hormone shots and doctor's appointments, she underwent a successful embryo transfer that resulted in a viable pregnancy.
“I really look at myself more as that ‘Professional Girlfriend’ and that guide.” Sharing—be it beauty tips or a roadmap to high self-esteem—has long been a part of Thomas’ professional path.