She lost sports analyst Frank Gifford after their adult children had moved out, and her mother died, all leading the former “Today” co-host to move to Franklin, Tennessee, just south of Nashville.
“I moved here because I was dying of loneliness,” Gifford told the newspaper.
“Here’s the bad news — I’m a widow, an orphan, and an empty-nester,” she said. “The good news is, I have the freedom of a widow, an orphan and an empty-nester.”
Nashville is, of course, a music hub, and Gifford, a singer/songwriter, has been tapping into that.
She’s worked on collaborations with several well-regarded songwriters, a children’s book titled “The Gift I Can Give,” and two Hallmark Channel movies.
“I’ve got all the time to spend my days writing,” she said. “I’m having the life I could’ve only ever dreamed of.”