Although neither of Michael Strahan’s past two marriages were successful, he is happy, and seems regret-free. His first wife, with whom he fathered two boys (now 23 and 20) remains one of his best friends. His second divorce, however, “that was a tough one.”
In 2006, during the split from the mother of his two girls (now age 10), the media became very involved in what was of course a very private matter. Rumors that he was cheating, and even that he was gay, were everywhere. Today, the NFL Hall of Famer calls it “one of the best/worst things” that ever happened to him.
In a sit-down with Barbara Walters, he explained, “It let me get to the point where I had to learn not to care what anybody thought.” He added, “I had girls. I had these two little babies. And I don’t want my little ones to Google when they’re older — they’re 10 years old now — and say, ‘Daddy, why did you say this about mommy?’ I didn’t want that… It was more important for me to take it and deal with it as a father than to put my — to say something that could hurt my kids in the future.”
After retiring from football, Michael became a beloved TV personality. The father of four is currently a co-host on Live! With Kelly and Michael and a part-time host on Good Morning America. Surrounded by people he loves and work that makes him happy, Michael gloated, “I feel very blessed… I don’t know what else to ask for.”