According to TMZ, Nicole Murphy heard rumors about her bicoastal boyfriend cheating on her with another woman in early July. She reportedly did a little investigating and decided the rumor was true. TMZ did not report what convinced her that Strahan was having an affair.
Once the former model was certain, she released the news of their breakup, which was oddly timed to his induction into the NFL Hall of Fame last weekend. Some fans think it was a sour-grapes move to have the news coincide with his honor, while sources who know Murphy insist it was just a coincidence.
However, other sources are telling the gossip site the breakup happened weeks ago and that they've struggled to maintain their relationship due to the distance. Murphy lives on the West Coast while the Live! with Kelly and Michael host lives in New York City in addition to traveling on weekends during football season.
The couple started dating in 2007, shortly after Murphy divorced comedian Eddie Murphy. Strahan was formerly married to Jean Muggli. Murphy and Strahan got engaged in 2009 and their combined family totaled nine kids.
Early in their relationship, she found Strahan to be the man of her dreams. She told People, "Michael and I talk about everything, and we both love to travel, explore and laugh."
After the breakup, the dad's rep told the entertainment magazine, "They love each other very much, but with the distance and work schedule, it has been hard to maintain the relationship."
Or perhaps there were three people in the relationship. Either way, the duo is moving on — separately.
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