People magazine on Friday released the story that Michael Strahan and Nicole Murphy have called it quits after being engaged for five years. The news came just one day before the former New York Giants' induction to Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Strahan's representative and Murphy's representative have confirmed the news. The New York Daily News wrote about the new inductee, "He’ll be enshrined — but not engaged."
Strahan's rep said in a statement to the LA Times, "They love each other very much, but with the distance and work schedule it has been hard to maintain the relationship."
Strahan and Murphy first started dating in 2007, and have been engaged since 2009. The model and VH1 star was previously married to actor Eddie Murphy and this would have been her second marriage and Strahan's third. The pair has a total of nine children between them. Strahan, 42, has four children, and Murphy, 46, has five children. The blended family often went on vacations other outings together. Murphy has appeared on "Live! with Kelly and Michael" several times to share things about Strahan and to cook her favorites dishes from time to time.
Early in their relationship, Murphy told People magazine that she was hesitant to jump back into the dating pool following her divorce, but Strahan was just what she wanted in a man.
With her busy schedule in Los Angeles, and his busy schedule in New York, it is no wonder there was a strain on the relationship. It is no doubt the busy schedules and the traveling have taken a toll on the relationship.
It is reported that in addition to his recent part-time co-hosting job with ABC's "Good Morning, America," Strahan has been working on “Live! With Kelly and Michael” for almost two years, and he flies to Los Angeles on weekends to co-anchor "Fox NFL Sunday" before taking a red-eye flight back to New York. In addition to his jobs, Strahan does two workouts every day, including one at 4:30 a.m.
Any time is a bad time to break an engagement, but this seems like bad timing for unpleasant news to come at a time when Strahan has a weekend of celebration with his induction into the Hall of Fame.