Michael Strahan has been divorced twice, Nicole Murphy once. The two have been together for seven years and engaged for five of them. Now they have called it quits. What happened and will either of them ever get married again?
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Michael’s first two marriages
Michael was married to his first wife until 1996. They had two children together and apart from a few facts, not much seems to be public knowledge about their marriage. He certainly paid child support for both children, who are now 19 and 22 years old.
His second marriage and especially his second divorce garnered much more attention, however. Married in 1999, he had twin daughters with Jean Muggli in 2004. The couple was divorced only two years after the birth of the girls in a rather ugly court battle.
An ugly divorce
Whilst Michael was accused of abusing his wife, cheating on her and apparently secretly videotaping her younger sister, he, in turn, complained about her overspending. Granted, $22,500 for photographs and $27,000 for clothes per year as well as$1,700 in sign language classes, though neither daughter is hearing impaired, does seem a little excessive.
But none of the accusations actually mattered in court, because New Jersey is a no-fault divorce state. Thus, it would seem that the exes only hurled accusations at each other out of spite.
In the end, the divorce cost Michael Strahan dearly. Jean Muggli was awarded a $15 million settlement and $18,000 in monthly child support. Given that this amounted to more than half his assets, Strahan appealed, but to no avail. Instead, the judge ordered Strahan’s mansion to be auctioned off and the money to be split evenly with his ex-wife.
Moving on with Nicole
It would appear, however, that Michael Strahan recovered easily enough. In 2007 he began dating Nicole Murphy. His record-breaking NFL career ended in 2008 when he retired, and in 2012 he became the co-host on Life! With Kelly and Michael, launching a rather successful career on TV.
Nicole had been married to Eddie Murphy for thirteen years and had five children with him. They divorced in 2005. When she met Michael, she was reportedly still hesitant to get back into the dating scene, but he quickly won her over with his charm.
For most of their relationship, they were a dream team. Nicole is without a doubt an absolutely stunning woman, who has worked on a career for herself. And Michael seems to be quite a ladies’ man, who is very popular. They were seen as a celebrity power couple and a wedding was long-awaited.
The long engagement ends
Unfortunately, it never happened. It is said that Nicole stalled, because of disagreements in their prenup arrangements. When Michael became co-host of Life! With Kelly and Michael, he moved to New York, which turned their relationship into a long-distance one. Nicole would spend three weeks in L.A. and then one week in New York.
Their lives grew more and more apart. That is most certainly not conducive to a successful relationship, but they kept it up for another two years. Earlier this year, however, they both accused each other of unfaithfulness. First Nicole accused him of cheating, then Michael accused her of the same.
It does not look as if any more details will emerge about their relationship or its end. They called it quits in due time and it seems that their relationship has simply run its course. Given that they are indeed living in different cities and any long-distance relationship is difficult to maintain, they may actually have made an adult decision here, no matter what rumours may otherwise be flying around. Publicly, they only announced that their busy work schedules simply kept them apart and that they love each other very much, but would continue as friends from here on in. Whilst lunching together recently, Michael was reportedly very insistent with Nicole that he does not wish her to talk about their relationship at all. He is certainly known to be a private man, which he has made repeatedly known in interviews.
Since early 2016, Michael has been dating Kayla Quick, who’s not at all famous for anything. When it became public knowledge that Michael was seeing her, her past was more closely examined, and it turned out that she has once been accused by her own grandmother of the theft of jewellery worth $6,000. The case was apparently handed over to a youth court, so any records are sealed.
Still, Kayla and her criminal past are frequently brought up when something is written about her and Michael.
Be that as it may, the two are still an item and seem to be happy together.
, by the way, does not appear to be seeing anyone regularly, though has been known to be dating here and there.