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Who Is Deion Sanders' Ex-Fiancée? All About Tracey Edmonds

Deion Sanders and Tracey Edmonds called off their engagement in December 2023 after more than a decade together

<p>Tracey Edmonds Instagram</p> Deion Sanders and Tracey Edmonds at the Southern Heritage Classic Game in Memphis in 2021

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Deion Sanders and Tracey Edmonds at the Southern Heritage Classic Game in Memphis in 2021

Deion Sanders and Tracey Edmonds' love story has come to an end.

The couple called off their engagement in December 2023 after spending more than a decade together.

"We have mutually decided that it is best for us to move forward in life AS FRIENDS and have made this decision with love in our hearts, respect for each other, and appreciation for the time we've shared together," Edmonds wrote on Instagram.

In the comments, Sanders replied, "Love u Tracey and You've been a true blessing to me. I appreciate the times we've shared and they laughs we've had. You are an amazing woman and a tremendous mother. God bless u with every endeavor and every step u take."

The pair first met in 2012, when Sanders attended the premiere of a movie produced by Edmonds. They eventually got engaged in 2019.

Related: Deion Sanders and Tracey Edmonds Share Their Love Secrets: 'We Understand Each Other'

So, who is Deion Sanders’ ex-fiancée? Here’s everything to know about Tracey Edmonds.

She’s a successful Hollywood producer and businesswoman

<p>Tracey Edmonds Instagram</p> Tracey Edmonds on set in New Mexico in 2021

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Tracey Edmonds on set in New Mexico in 2021

A producer, Edmonds has been working in the TV and film industry for over 25 years.

She launched her own production company called Edmonds Entertainment Group, where she currently serves as CEO, as well as her own lifestyle brand in 2018.

Edmonds has had a hand in several well-renowned projects over the years, including BET’s first-ever reality TV series, College Hill. The show ran for six seasons and has since come back as College Hill: Celebrity Edition. Additionally, Edmonds produced Netflix’s End of the Road, BET’s Games People Play and The Postcard Killings.

Edmonds is also a former TV journalist. She co-hosted ExtraTV alongside Mario Lopez and Charissa Thompson from 2014 to 2017, during which she earned an Emmy Award.

Currently, Edmonds is a member of the Producers Guild of America. In May 2023, Edmonds established her own YouTube channel dedicated to her “new life chapter in Hilton Head, [South Carolina],” where she reveals “the secrets of lowcountry living, local gems, and personal anecdotes.”

She has an A-list dating history

<p>Tracey Edmonds Instagram</p> Deion Sanders and Tracey Edmonds in Hilton Head, SC

Tracey Edmonds Instagram

Deion Sanders and Tracey Edmonds in Hilton Head, SC

Prior to her relationship with Sanders, Edmonds was in a high-profile relationship with singer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds for nearly 15 years. The two were married from 1992 to 2005 and share two sons: Brandon and Dylan.

Edmonds went on to date actor Eddie Murphy, whom she got engaged to in 2007. At the time, a rep for Murphy told PEOPLE, “Tracey and Eddie are both very much in love and are excited about spending the rest of their lives together.” They tied the knot in a “simply perfect” symbolic ceremony on a private French Polynesian island on Jan. 1, 2008. However, they announced their split just 12 days later.

In an official separation announcement, Murphy and Edmonds said “it is not necessary to define our relationship further,” but a guest at the wedding told PEOPLE that attendees “could hear them yelling” and that things were “pretty dramatic.”

While Babyface doesn’t believe that Edmonds and Murphy’s relationship was “the best thing,” he shared with Oprah Winfrey that Sanders is “a good guy.” During an appearance on Oprah’s Next Chapter, the singer revealed that Sanders personally reached out to him prior to meeting his boys.

"I knew that Deion, Mr. Prime Time, seems like a nice guy," Babyface said, per HuffPost. "But he became a classy guy when he called me and said he didn't want to meet my children until he sat down and had lunch or breakfast with me, so he knew me before he met my children."

She and her sons have a very close relationship

<p>Tracey Edmonds Instagram</p> Tracey Edmonds with her sons, Brandon and Dylan in 2021

Tracey Edmonds Instagram

Tracey Edmonds with her sons, Brandon and Dylan in 2021

Since her sons were young, Edmonds has worked hard at cultivating a close relationship with Brandon and Dylan, whom she welcomed with ex Babyface. She’s also put certain perimeters in place to help “keep them out of the Hollywood craziness.”

“As a single mom, I’ve always felt that it was so important to have honest and daily conversations about life with both of my boys. It’s just been the three of us inside my household, so they’ve grown up very close to me in every aspect of their lives,” she told the digital outlet Tinseltown Mom.

Both Brandon and Dylan have seemed to take after their famous parents. Brandon studied music at Loyola Marymount University and has taken an interest in film and entertainment. Edmonds shared that her youngest, meanwhile, has dreams of managing a professional sports team.

She first met Sanders in 2012

<p>Walter McBride/Corbis/Getty </p> Deion Sanders and Tracey Edmonds attend the Broadway Opening Night Performance of 'A Streetcar Named Desire' in 2012

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Deion Sanders and Tracey Edmonds attend the Broadway Opening Night Performance of 'A Streetcar Named Desire' in 2012

Falling in love with a two-time Super Bowl champion wasn’t on Edmonds’ bingo card.

"I would've never imagined in a million years that our paths would cross and that we'd end up in a relationship together," the entertainment mogul previously admitted to PEOPLE.

The pair first crossed paths at a movie premiere party in 2012. Sanders was a guest while Edmonds, who helped produce the film, was one of the night’s honorees. While their interaction was brief, the short time they did spend together was enough for Edmonds to sweep Sanders off his feet. He tasked a friend with obtaining her business card and reached out a few months later — but kept things strictly professional at first.

"I started off thinking I was just going to produce [Deion’s Family Playbook]," Edmonds explained, noting that the first time they met up one-on-one was to discuss Sanders’ vision for a reality series. "But as I started working with Deion on the show, we grew quite fond of each other and ended up dating."

She and Sanders got engaged in 2019

<p>Tracey Edmonds Instagram</p> Deion Sanders and Tracey Edmonds in the South of France in 2019

Tracey Edmonds Instagram

Deion Sanders and Tracey Edmonds in the South of France in 2019

In February 2019, Edmonds and Sanders got engaged.

“Happy Valentine’s Day Fam! Sending LOVE to MY LOVE/MY FIANCÉ  @deionsanders! ❤️💍,” Edmonds captioned a snap of her and Sanders smiling on Instagram. “God is SO GOOD! We’re 8 years in, made it through the storms TOGETHER, and will be spending the rest of our lives TOGETHER!”

Edmonds ended the post with some relationship advice: “To all the couples out there... stay REAL with each other, LISTEN to each other, and MOST of all.. keep LOVE and GOD in your heart. When you do, you can make it through ANY storm! Spread LOVE and JOY on this day! ❤️”.

She ended her relationship with Sanders

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Edmonds and Sanders ended their engagement in December 2023.

"I want to clarify that it was my decision to end the relationship, despite any different narratives being presented," Edmonds wrote on Instagram after announcing the couple's split days earlier. "I've chosen to prioritize myself and my family, moving forward towards a future where I am valued, treated with honesty, and free to embrace the happiness and respect I deserve."

She and Sanders were often in a long-distance relationship

<p>Tracey Edmonds Instagram</p> Deion Sanders and Tracey Edmonds

Tracey Edmonds Instagram

Deion Sanders and Tracey Edmonds

Due to Sanders and Edmonds’ conflicting schedules, the pair often spent long lengths of time apart. The college football coach told PEOPLE that it was their go-getter mentality that fueled their relationship, especially when they were miles apart.

"I love what both of us contribute to society and to this world," Sanders said at the time. "It's not just a separation because you want to be separated, it's a separation because you are active and you are really influencing lives."

She and Sanders found strength in supporting one another’s goals

<p>Emma McIntyre/Getty</p> Tracey Edmonds and Deion Sanders attend the Inaugural GQ Sports Style Hall of Fame event in 2023

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Tracey Edmonds and Deion Sanders attend the Inaugural GQ Sports Style Hall of Fame event in 2023

During a joint interview with PEOPLE, Sanders reasoned that he and Edmonds were "at the age and stage where I don't think neither of us needs a lot.”

For example, the retired athlete said he and Edmonds didn't regularly call or text throughout the day, whereas some couples may make that a priority. Instead, the couple found that giving each other the space to build their respective careers was what nurtured their bond the most.

“Tracey is a go-getter, she is that. And, I get up early and she knows I'm up working out and I'm ready to go get it,” Sanders said. “It's a blessing, but we understand each other because we're busy in our own right.”

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