Derek Jeter’s split with girlfriend Minka Kelly after three years together came out of left field, with even close friends of the pair shocked, the New York Post reported Saturday.
While many had expected the Yankees captain, 37, to settle down with 31-year-old actress and reigning Esquire “Sexiest Woman Alive” Kelly, the pair quietly parted ways a few weeks ago, sources confirmed to the Post.
A source close to the private couple said the split had been coming for six weeks — even after Kelly was photographed cheering on Jeter from his family box after his milestone 3,000th hit on July 9.
“They didn’t want anyone to know they were breaking up until they had talked it all through," a source said.
"Their friends are shocked. But it seems to have happened in an amicable way. They aren’t saying bad things about each other. There was no huge drama. He’s under a lot of pressure with the Yankees, is married to the team, and she is working hard on a big TV show.”
Kelly is filming the TV revival of “Charlie’s Angels” in Miami and didn’t give anything away while promoting her show at the Teen Choice Awards on Aug. 7.
“They separated a couple of weeks ago," another source said.
"This has been hard. Like any relationship, breaking up is not easy. They were often apart because of work. They never lived together and were never formally engaged.
"She’s shooting in Miami and lives in LA, but she’s barely ever there.”
But other sources said Jeter was uncomfortable with the revealing photo shoots that came with Kelly’s “sexiest woman” title.