Michael Strahan and Nicole Murphy may have split, but that is not the end of the story. Michael heard that Nicole announced the split at the exact moment he was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame on August 2, according to a new report!
Michael Strahan, 42, was reportedly “blindsided” by Nicole Murphy, 46, when she called off her five-year engagement to the Live with Kelly & Michael co-host. The pass-rusher, who played with the NY Giants for 15 seasons and was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, took the stage in Canton, Ohio that very day, to be inducted into the Hall of Fame — and apparently that was the same moment he heard that his fiancée made the announcement.
Nicole Murphy & Michael Strahan’s Break Up — Was She Trying To Sabotage Him?
Michael had no idea that at the exact moment he accepted his gold blazer, the story would break that he and Nicole had split for good.
A source close to Michael and Nicole told TMZ Sports that the break up was “a long time coming” and that Michael’s camp had no plans to announce the split.
The source also said that Michael’s friends believed Nicole, or someone close to her, was trying to sabotage Michael’s big moment. However, Nicole’s rep confirmed to People that she had ended her five-year engagement to Michael on Aug. 1, the night before he was inducted and blamed “distance” for the eventual split. So maybe he didn’t hear until the next day?
The oddest part may be that when Michael took the stage to accept the HOF honor, he said,”This has been the best weekend of my life.”
Michael Strahan & Nicole Murphy’s Five Year Engagement
Michael and Nicole got engaged in 2009, two years after the pair began dating in 2007. Nicole, who had been married to Eddie Murphy for 13 years, had five children with the actor. Michael had four children from two previous marriages.
After Nicole and Eddie split, she was reserved about dating, but Michael won her over with his wit and charm.
“Michael and I talk about everything, and we both love to travel, explore and laugh,” Nicole told People in 2008.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers, should Nicole have waited to announce the her split from Michael? Let us know!
— Stephanie Bray