When Michael Strahan and his wife, Jean Muggli, divorced in 2006, it was another shocking tale of love gone awry. The duo had only been together for barely seven years and so far have been blessed with twin daughters, Isabella and Sophia. At the time, the end of their union was the most expensive divorce in the US sports arena, only to be eclipsed by others such as Michael Jordan’s much later. So far, we know that Muggli has custody of their two daughters. However, fans are eager to know what caused the angry split and of course what she’s been up to since the divorce. We spared no details in this piece.
Who Is Jean Muggli?
Jean Muggli was born Jean Marie Muggli in North Dakota on the 30th of November 1964. Though Muggli hasn’t revealed much about her early education and parents or where they worked. What we know however is she and her sister Denise Muggli were raised in Queens Borough in New York City where she attended elementary and high school. After graduation from college, Muggli worked as a manager for a cosmetic store in New York City before meeting Michael Strahan.
How Did She Meet Michael Strahan?
It was a normal day in February 1996, Jean Muggli had just stepped out to go to a spa in the Manhattan area of New York but she knew too little what fate had prepared for her that day. It was there that she met the man who would become her lover and partner over the next decade. Micheal Strahan, an NFL player for the New York Giants, had also gone to that same spa. Theirs was love at first sight, perhaps the player was smitten by her blonde beauty. They began dating almost on the spot and their relationship flourished over the next three years. When they were convinced about their love tango, the couple took things a notch higher and tied the knot on 18th July 1999. Five years later, they welcomed a set of twin girls whom they christened Sophia and Isabella.
What Led to Their Divorce?
The couple continued to enjoy marital bliss but things, however, took a downturn over the next couple of years. The internal turmoil in their marriage shot high up into the air in 2006. Jean Muggli had come out plain to accuse her husband of physically abusing her. She was reportedly battered until she discovered blood in her urine for a few days. Medical reports showed that her kidneys were not functioning at their best due to the beatings she had endured from her husband.
More so, Muggli also confessed that her husband has been involved in several extramarital affairs. She accused Michael of videotaping her sister, Denise, while she undressed. That was in 1997, two years before they got married but Michael Strahan denied all allegations. According to him, the truest reason for their divorce started when he confronted Muggli over a $3.3 million withdrawal from their bank account.
The Aftermath of the Divorce
On 20th July 2006, Muggli and Strahan were officially divorced and she retained custody of their two girls. Six months later, in January 2007, a New York court under Judge James B. Convery awarded Jean Muggli a whopping $15 million in a divorce settlement. Also, the court ruled that Strahan would pay her $18,000 every month, for child support. As of that time, it was one of the most expensive divorces in sports history. With $22 million in total assets, Michael Strahan however appealed. From $18,000, he was made to pay $2,000 in monthly child support. Two months later, the court ruled that his luxury mansion be auctioned off to raise the required funds for settlement. After the sale, the proceeds of $3.6 million was split between the ex-couple.
Do The Girls Still See Their Father?
So far, the girls still get to see their father and their relationship with him has been nothing short of cordial. If anything, Strahan wants his girls to grow into confident women who aren’t ashamed to speak up for themselves and who are proud of their heritage. Now teenagers, Isabella and Sophia are growing into beautiful young women, ever assured of their father’s love and care.
What Has Jean Muggli Been Up to Since the Split?
Though we know Michael Strahan has moved on and has even been engaged to Eddie Murphy’s ex-wife Nicole Mitchell, there’s too little to tell about his ex-wife, Jean Muggli. So far, she has since settled into a low key lifestyle, focusing on being a present mother for her two teenage daughters.