Michael Strahan and Nicole Murphy have ended their engagement. Awww. They've been engaged for so long, I figured it would just go on forever. The pair, who live on opposite coasts as Nicole works in Los Angeles and NFL legend Michael cohosts Live with Kelly & Michael in New York City, don't see much of each other but somehow they seemed to be making it work. But apparently not.
Michael's rep confirmed to People magazine:
They love each other very much, but with the distance and work schedule it has been hard to maintain the relationship.
Well, here's the thing. If you love each other very much, you make the compromises you need to at least live in the same state. Or if you can't do that, then you do what you need to do, even if it means chartering a private plane and getting to your sweetie every weekend.
But I guess five years of this was wearing on the couple. No big surprise.
Michael would have been loathe to give up his prime gig as cohost with Kelly Ripa of one of the most popular morning shows on TV. And Nicole, who used to be married to Eddie Murphy, has her own thing going on with her VH1 reality show Hollywood Exes, and various other gigs.
I confess I've caught a few episodes of Hollywood Exes and Nicole always came across as a caring friend and mother (that show is a step above most reality shows starring screechy women who do nothing but battle each other). And Michael seems like a big sweet teddy bear.
I guess they decided their careers were more important than their relationship, and that is their prerogative.
Shame, though, since they made such a cute couple.
Are you sad they broke up?
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