Sources for Michael at the time of the split claimed Nicole “blindsided” the former athlete, now one half of LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, and timed the news out of spite.
However, today, sources for Nicole say it’s pure coincidence as it happened to be the day she “confirmed” with “proof” his alleged affair with another woman. Nicole reportedly feels certain that Michael cheated back in July, while they were still engaged, so the model ex-wife of Eddie Murphy ended the engagement.
“They love each other very much, but with the distance and work schedule it has been hard to maintain the relationship,” his rep told PEOPLE in a statement.
UPDATE 8/7/14: TMZ.com reports, Nicole went to the hotel in which Michael was allegedly cheating with anothe woman and caught him red-handed, “Nicole Murphy went on a search and destroy mission to find Michael Strahan in a Beverly Hills hotel room — where she suspected he was cheating — and flew into such a rage she got kicked off the premises.”