Lance Armstrong says some thing are just not meant to be.
The controversial cycling great reflected on his three year relationship with singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow. Chatting with Howard Stern, Armstrong had nothing but good things to say about his ex-fiancee, “Yeah, it was a roll, man.”
“It was a good ride. She’s a great lady. Obviously it didn’t work out, but I think and I hope she’s happy,” he added. “I watched the Grammys the other day… and we were like presenters at the Grammys… And at the time, I was like, ‘I’ve got to go do what?’ [It was surreal].”
Armstrong, 45, admitted the fame of their relationship was tough to work through. “It’s tough to pull it off. I mean, how many couples have been able to pull it off?” the former athlete said of being a power couple. “To her credit, she was a stay-at-home — one of the biggest rock stars — but… she was a great partner. She was at the races… it wasn’t like we never saw each other,” Armstrong continued.
The two began dating in 2003, the same year Armstrong and his ex-wife Kristin announced their divorce. Armstrong and Crow announced their engagement in September 2005 before splitting in February 2006.
The cyclist revealed in his book Lance that the couple broke up because unlike Crow, who is ten years his senior, Armstrong was not ready to have children. “She wanted marriage, she wanted children; and not that I didn’t want that, but I didn’t want that at that time because I had just gotten out of a marriage, I’d just had kids,” Armstrong wrote. “Yet we’re up against her biological clock — that pressure is what cracked it.”
Armstrong was banned from cycling after infamously admitting to doping during a 2013 interview with Oprah Winfrey. He is a father to five children, including 7-year-old Max and 6-year-old Olivia with current girlfriend Anna Hansen.