Live! With Kelly and Michael could start to get really interesting if they delve into the tabloid headlines about Michael Strahan's breakup with now ex-fiancée Nicole Murphy.
At first, the couple's split sounded sad, but straightforward: After a five-year engagement, they had decided to go their separate ways, releasing a statement to People about their shared love, blaming distance and work.
OK, but then the rumors started coming out.
TMZ said Michael was blindsided by the timing of the split, which came exactly as he was being inducted into the Hall of Fame. It sounded like a revenge move. Early this morning (Tuesday, August 5), TMZ updated again, saying Nicole chose that moment to reveal the breakup news because that's when she "confirmed" that Michael had cheated on her. She reportedly heard that he might've had a side chick in July, so she started investigating. Nicole apparently got some kind of proof on Friday, and TMZ's source said that's why she went public on that day, not to steal thunder from the Hall of Fame but to make a clean break right away. However, other sources told TMZ the couple have been broken up for several weeks, and they've even been on and off for two years, since Michael started co-hosting Live!.
But there's more: the New York Post's Page Six printed its own report late last night, saying Michael and Nicole actually split due to negotiations over a prenup. A source told Page Six, “Nicole was unwilling to sign a prenup, even though Michael has consistently been very generous to her.” The source said Michael was supportive when Nicole sued Troy David for $7 million, after Troy allegedly persuaded her to invest all her money from her divorce with Eddie Murphy overseas. "Michael helped her out financially, but she still wouldn’t sign a prenup," the source added.
So now it's a camp war, with TMZ seeming to hear from the Team Nicole side and Page Six hearing from the Team Michael camp. And here we thought their split was so amicable!
Michael and Nicole were together for seven years, and even though they did not have any children together, they have nine children between them — she has five with Eddie Murphy and he has four from his two ex-wives.