Jenny McCarthy and Brian Urlacher break up

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Some indeterminate time after their love story began, TV host Jenny McCarthy and Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher have broken up.

McCarthy informed the world that she and Brian Urlacher were no longer dating in a statement to People on Thursday (Aug. 16). "Brian and I have decided to turn our romance into an amazing friendship," McCarthy says. "I will continue to be the biggest cheerleader for him. Go, Bears!"

Rumors about the McCarthy-Urlacher relationship began to surface back in April, but McCarthy refused to confirm anything. She only described herself as "giddy" over someone. However, since Urlacher and McCarthy are now breaking up, they obviously dated at some point.

The break-up is one bad note in an otherwise good period in McCarthy's life. She's had a steady hosting gig with "Love in the Wild" and, at 39 years old, appeared on the cover of Playboy this summer. Urlacher, on the other hand, isn't having as much luck. He underwent knee surgery on Tuesday (Aug. 14) and has missed most of the Chicago Bears' training camp with his injury, though he hopes to be on the field when the regular season starts.

McCarthy is no stranger to public splits. She and actor Jim Carrey received extensive press when their five-year relationship ended in 2010.
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