Michael Strahan went through a nasty divorce with his ex-wife Jean Muggli in 2006 and now, the highly-publicized split is hitting headlines once again.
In his first interview since being named Regis Philbin's permanent replacement on "Live! with Kelly" in September, Strahan is speaking out on his past and his hopes for the future.
The former New York Giants star, 40, sat down with Bryant Gumbel on HBO's "Real Sports" to discuss his bitter battle with Muggli, who accused Strahan of beating her, repeatedly cheating on her and ignoring their now 8-year-old twin daughters, Sophia and Isabella.
"The worst of it?" he tells Gumbel in the episode airing Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. "I think early on when you're reading all these things in the paper that aren't true -- I'm not an adulterer. I'm not gay. I mean, I didn't beat anybody."
After Muggli's accusations were made, Strahan filed for divorce after seven years of marriage, saying he had confronted her after she withdrew $3.3 million from their bank accounts. He vehemently denied he had ever struck her and the judge dismissed the claims against him. Still, in 2007, Muggli was awarded with a $15 million divorce settlement and $18,000 child support each month.
As for what Strahan thinks of his public reputation following the scandal, the former footballer tells Gumbel, "People don't care, Everybody has their own problems ... I just kept go on being myself and it worked."
Strahan is now engaged to Nicole Murphy, who is the ex-wife of actor Eddie Murphy.
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