The 37-year-old Yankees shortstop and the 31-year-old “Charlie’s Angels” star, whose relationship began in 2008, confirmed to Just Jared on Friday (August 26) that they’ve split. Representatives for the notoriously private couple were open to the gossip site about the breakup.
“The split was amicable,” sources told Just Jared. “But they remain friends. They still really care for each other.”
The couple dodged engagement rumors over the course of their relationship and rarely spoke about each other to the press. When they did, it would often be on the defensive, like when Kelly was interviewed by GQ. The couple was frequently spotted in public together. Kelly was in Yankee Stadium in July for Jeter’s 3,000th career hit, and she appeared in the documentary “Deter Jeter 3K,” which premiered on HBO last month.
Jeter has become known almost as much for his celebrity relationships as he is for his baseball prowess. After debuting as a rookie for the New York Yankees back in 1996, he has become a tabloid regular. First, there was his well-publicized relationship with Mariah Carey from 1997 to 1998. After dating former Miss Universe Lara Dutta, singer Joy Enriquez and actress Jordana Brewster, Jeter had an on-again, off-again relationship with “TRL” host Vanessa Minnillo from 2003 to 2006. He and Jessica Biel briefly dated for three months back in 2006, and then Jeter became involved with Kelly. He’s also been attached to celebrities like Scarlett Johansson, Tyra Banks and Jessica Alba.
By contrast, Kelly has had a far more subdued dating history. When she jumped into public awareness after the 2006 premiere of “Friday Night Lights,” Kelly was linked with actors Chris Evans and Donald Faison. She briefly became one of the many actresses to date John Mayer, though they only stayed together from September 2007 to January 2008. Kelly’s relationship with Jeter was her longest celebrity hookup to date.