On the set of “Good Morning America,” hosts Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Michael Strahan attempt to enterprise a approach of calm as they broadcast the newest data to lots of of 1000’s of Individuals all through the coronavirus pandemic.
In the meantime, points are rising additional hectic for Strahan behind the scenes of the ABC current, as he affords with an an increasing number of bitter custody battle over Sophia and Isabella, his teen twin daughters with ex-wife Jean Muggli.
The star is combating for fundamental custody of the women after accusing Muggli, from whom he break up in 2006, of bodily and verbally abusing them.
In court docket docket paperwork obtained by The Submit, Strahan, 48, alleges that Muggli has “subjected the children to verbal and bodily abuse” for years.
He moreover says she must be held in civil or authorized contempt of a court-mandated parenting order, claiming that Muggli has neglected to take the women to court-ordered treatment durations and that she has caused them to miss volleyball matches and equestrian events.
Strahan moreover claimed in court docket docket paperwork that Muggli refused to let the women have their passports ahead of a European journey with their father.
Muggli, in flip, claimed in court docket docket this month that Strahan is having her watched “throughout the clock” by private investigators, which his lawyer denied.
Reps for every Strahan and Muggli declined to comment.
A TV manufacturing provide often known as out Strahan’s historic previous of questionable “habits in the direction of women” to date, collectively together with his famously fraught relationship with former co-host Kelly Ripa.
However an insider who’s conscious of him instructed The Submit: “I’ve seen Michael alongside together with his children. He’s a great, good dad: He merely wants what’s best for his women.”
Strahan and Muggli met whereas he was a star NFL defensive end for the New York Giants and she or he labored at a spa throughout the metropolis. Muggli has recalled how he turned a repeat purchaser after meeting her: “I figured each he was the cleanest man on the planet or he wished to ask me out.”
They married in 1999, three years after Strahan’s divorce from his first partner, Wanda Hutchins, the mother of his children Michael Jr. and Tanita. The older children have been launched up in Germany, the place Strahan carried out for the Mannheim Redskins.
Sophia and Isabella have been born in 2004; Strahan filed for divorce from Muggli a 12 months later. Days sooner than, Muggli had filed a domestic-violence criticism in opposition to him, following an argument about cash.
“I would in no way bodily or psychologically damage any of my members of the family, significantly my partner. That’s merely not the individual I’m,” Strahan instructed The Submit on the time.
The criticism was dismissed after Muggli talked about in court docket docket that her husband had not touched her all through the incident.
Hutchins, within the meantime, instructed The Submit on the time that Muggli had talked about of Michael Jr. and Tanita: “I would like they’ve been lifeless.”
Within the divorce settlement, Muggli was awarded $15.three million along with $18,000 a month in child assist. Following Strahan’s retirement from the NFL in 2008, his child-support funds have been diminished to $13,000 a month, TMZ reported on the time.
“I would in no way bodily or psychologically damage any of my members of the family, significantly my partner. That’s merely not the individual I’m.”
Muggli, who grew up in North Dakota, took the women to reside on a farm in Wilmington, North Carolina, after the divorce. She instructed the journal Carolinas Equestrian that “I was attempting to create a childhood like I had, out of doors, nonetheless with additional of the problems I might need favored.”
The publication described Muggli’s Sycamore Bend Plantation as “paradise” for the twins — that features a seashore volleyball court docket docket, a tennis court docket docket and a horse-riding ring, along with a half-basketball court docket docket with pink out-of-bounds strains.
The middle of the property is its renovated five-stall barn. Each women have taken dwelling blue ribbons from among the many most prestigious horse reveals on the East Coast.
In 2016, Strahan instructed Folks journal: “The twins reside a crazy life. One time they flew out to DC and interviewed the first lady for ‘GMA.’ Then the following day their mom was sending me a video of them utilizing horses and splashing spherical in a muddy cornfield.”
However that kind of life-style is costly.
Final June, Muggli launched a case in opposition to Strahan, claiming he owes annual cost-of-living modifications to their child-support settlement.
Now she claims that, consequently, Strahan is hanging once more.
In a listening to at Manhattan Supreme Courtroom this month, Muggli’s lawyer, Shannon Rogers Simpson, claimed: “He had around-the-clock private investigators at her dwelling.
“He battered her financially with lawsuits. That’s how determined he’s to not pay child assist he agreed to 10 years previously.”
Strahan has argued that the 15-year-old twins must switch full-time to Manhattan to reside with him for after every acquired places on the distinguished Sacred Coronary coronary heart Academy for the autumn. The varsity’s alumni embrace Girl Gaga and Gloria Vanderbilt.
In an odd twist, he has claimed in a North Carolina court docket docket that Muggli went behind his once more in 2018 to get the women interviews at New York Metropolis schools — and that he was fearful about disrupting their lives, which led to Muggli “falsely” telling a determine in 2018 that Strahan did “not want the children nearer to him.”
Now, Strahan says, he wants his daughters to reside with him they normally want that as properly. However, court docket docket paperwork state, “[Muggli] refuses to adapt to the very change throughout the children’s education which she proposed one 12 months previously.”
In 2018, Strahan has alleged in court docket docket papers, Muggli refused to launch the women’ passports so they could journey to Europe with their father till he paid. $43,178.50 for horse repairs.
He launched licensed movement and a determine ordered Muggli to ship the passports on to Strahan, who took the twins to Portugal and Croatia.
Regardless of the messy goings-on in his non-public life, a TV-production provide talked about “Strahan acquired’t let this impact his work, though, he’s the final phrase expert.”
Maybe he found his lesson after 2016, when he reportedly left his daytime current with Ripa for “GMA” with out telling her.
The TV-production provide instructed The Submit that Strahan has a “pattern,” alleging: “He’s consistently condescending in the direction of women. Michael didn’t actually really feel he wanted to debate to Kelly, which was fully condescending.”
As for his romantic life, sources say Strahan stays to be courting Kayla Fast, a 31-year-old former strip-club waitress he’s been with since 2015. Fast reportedly has a authorized earlier that options arrests for disorderly conduct and grand theft.
So will she flip into Isabella’s and Sophia’s stepmother?
Strahan has talked about: “I actually like marriage, I like companionship . . . would I ever get married as soon as extra? By no means say in no way.”