Michael Strahan and Nichole Muprhy end their five-year engagement

Former NFL player Michael Strahan and fiancee Nichole Murphy announced on Friday that they have decided to end their engagement.

Murphy's rep exclusively revealed the news with People. "They love each other very much," the rep said. "But with the distance and work schedule it has been hard to maintain the relationship."

The couple had been together since 2007, with Murphy saying a year later that while at first unsure she wanted to date following her divorce from Eddie Murphy, she was glad she did after meeting the Good Morning America and LIVE! with Kelly and Michael co-host.

"Michael and I talk about everything, and we both love to travel explore and laugh," the model said.

According to E! News, Strahan was previously married to Jean Muggli and he and Murphy had nine children between the both of them.

The announcement comes just a day ahead of the 42-year-old former New York Giants player's induction into the NFL Hall of Fame.

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