Tracey Edmonds Claims It Was 'My Decision' to End Deion Sanders Engagement: 'I've Chosen to Prioritize Myself'

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The producer shared a statement on Instagram Sunday, saying she wanted to provide clarification given "different narratives being presented"

<p>Fred Hayes/Getty </p> Tracey Edmonds and Deion Sanders in 2022

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Tracey Edmonds and Deion Sanders in 2022

Tracey Edmonds is opening up about how her relationship with Deion Sanders ended.

The TV and film producer, 56, wrote on Instagram Sunday that it was her decision to call off her engagement to the NFL great, also 56. The pair announced their split last week, more than a decade after they met in 2012 and nearly five years after their engagement announcement in 2019.

"I want to clarify that it was my decision to end the relationship, despite any different narratives being presented," Edmonds claimed in the post.

"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 added.

Edmonds also explained her reasoning for making the statement, writing in the post's caption: "I hate to have to respond to the media, but sometimes it's necessary when the falsehoods get out of control! ✌🏽❤️."

A rep for Sanders did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment on Sunday.

<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

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On Dec. 3, Edmonds and Sanders announced that they had called off their engagement with a joint statement, in which they described the breakup as a mutual decision. The former couple explained that they made the decision "with love in our hearts, respect for each other and appreciation for the time we've shared together."

Sanders wrote in the comments section of the post that his ex-fiancée has been "a true blessing to me."

"I appreciate the times we've shared and the laughs we've had. You are an amazing woman and a tremendous mother," he wrote. "God bless u with every endeavor and every step u take. You are HER. Tracey-Mack!!!"

Sanders and Edmonds, who met at a movie premiere party, have since been candid with fans on social media following the split announcement, with Edmonds expressing her gratitude via a separate post for the "beautiful posts, messages, texts and calls" she's received in response.

“Your love, support, and kindness REFUELS me! Sending everyone LOVE!” she added.

On Sunday, shortly after Edmonds' new breakup clarification on Instagram, Sanders posted a few uplifting messages of his own on X (formerly Twitter). One read, "Everybody ain't proud of you. They're just surprised that you keep making things happen." Another post featured the message, "The devil couldn't take you out so he's trying to wear you out. Don't you dare get tired. Hold on because the tide is turning."

Alongside a selfie later shared on X, which featured the Colorado coach smiling for the camera, Sanders wrote that he "can't help but smile."

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"Wow, God is so so good! #CoachPrime," he wrote.

Edmonds has two sons, Brandon and Dylan, whom she shares with musician Babyface. Sanders has five children of his own. He shares two with his first wife, Carolyn Chambers (daughter Deiondra, 31, and son Deion Jr., 29), and three children with his second wife, Pilar Biggers-Sanders (daughter Shelomi, 18, and sons Shilo, 23, and Shedeur, 21).

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