Michael Strahan's career may be on the rise in 2014, but his relationship certainly isn't. The former NFL star and his longtime love model Nicole Murphy have decided to end their five-year engagement due to conflicting work schedules.

Michael Strahan
Muprhy and Stahan became engaged back in 2009

"They love each other very much, but with the distance and work schedule it has been hard to maintain the relationship," a rep for Strahan told People Magazine.

The former New York Giants player must have had an emotional week as his and Murphy's separations news comes only one day before he will be inducted into the prestigious NFL Hall of Fame, class of 2014.

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The duo, who have nine child between them from past relationships, first met back in 2007 and became engaged two years alter in 2009. Murphy was previously married to comedian Eddie Murphy, while Strahan went through a bitter divorce with first wife Jean Muggli in 2006.

The pair splitting up may come as a shock to some, especially since the 42 year-old 'GMA' co-host couldn't stop gushing about the 46 year-old beauty in the August issue of Ebony.

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"It's great. As a divorced man, you just want somebody around your kids who's respectful and will treat them like her own. When you understand that, there's never any issue. We laugh and are at graduations and birthday parties, you know.all that stuff," he said.

Adding, "I love the kids and the family. For us, it's key that we maintain normalcy. We have a great life. People can buy into their own celebrity, and that's a dangerous thing