Deion Sanders and Tracey Edmonds End Engagement

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Deion Sanders and Tracey Edmonds have announced that they have ended their engagement. The couple shared the news on Instagram Sunday night. They wrote a joint statement expressing their mutual decision to move forward as friends. They asked for prayers and thanked everyone for their support over the years. Sanders responded in the comments, expressing his appreciation for Edmonds and wishing her well in her future endeavors.

Sanders and Edmonds met at a movie premiere party in 2012. They only chatted briefly during their initial meeting, but Sanders was so taken with Edmonds that he asked a friend to get her business card that night. A few months later, Sanders reached out to Edmonds to set up a meeting where they discussed his vision for a reality series. They ended up dating and grew fond of each other.

The couple navigated being long-distance throughout their relationship. Sanders, who has been married twice before, reasoned that he and Edmonds are “at the age and stage where I don’t think neither of us needs a lot.” They don’t regularly call or text throughout the day in order to give each other the space to build their respective careers. Sanders said he loves “what both of us contribute to society and to this world,” while they’re apart from one another. Edmonds, who launched her own production company called Edmonds Entertainment Group, also noted that “there’s no regular schedule with us” and “we just do our very best to see each other as much as we possibly can.”

In 2019, Edmonds announced their engagement in an Instagram post on Valentine’s Day. She shared a snap of her and Sanders smiling and expressed her love and gratitude. Edmonds shares two sons, Brandon and Dylan, with musician Babyface. She’s also put certain perimeters in place to help “keep them out of the Hollywood craziness.” Sanders had two children with his first wife, Carolyn Chambers: a daughter, Deiondra, 31, and a son, Deion Jr., 29. He also had three children with his second wife, Pilar Biggers-Sanders: sons Shilo, 23, and Shedeur, 21, and daughter Shelomi, 18.

As a father, Sanders has been able to combine his love for his children with his love for sports. Both of his daughters were talented athletes in basketball and all of his three sons played football, with Sanders coaching Shilo and Shedeur at Jackson State — and now Colorado University. Shedeur told PEOPLE about balancing the father-son, and player-coach relationship with Sanders. “Whenever we step on the grass, practice, game, it doesn’t even matter, he’s a whole different man and I’m a whole different person, too,” he said. “So after the game whenever we walk off the field, outside of white lines, then it’s dad and that. But when we get on the field it’s straight coach.”

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