When Strahan split from ex-wife Jean Muggli in 2006 she made accusations that, among other sins, he abused her, neglected their children and was secretly gay.
Strahan never addressed the allegations before now. “I think early on when you’re reading all these things in the paper that aren’t true,” Strahan tells Gumbel. “I’m not an adulterer. I’m not gay. I mean, I didn’t beat anybody.”
The marriage fell apart when Strahan discovered Muggli clandestinely withdrew $3.3 million from their bank accounts. Still, she was awarded a $15 million settlement and $18,000 in monthly child support. Now, the gap-tooth charmer, who retired from the NFL in 2008, gets to sidle up to a much more pleasant lady every day—Live co-host Kelly Ripa.
He says he’s moved on and is happy now. “People don’t care, everybody has their own problems … I just kept going, being myself and it worked.”
And while Strahan might not be gay himself, he proudly stands with us as an ally, sharing in a marriage-equality PSA: “As a defensive end for the New York Giants, I always played the game tough, but fair. And I feel it’s unfair to keep committed couples from being married.”