Former Eagles’ guitarist Don Felder, 73, and fiancee Diane McInerney, 49, end their engagement

Former Eagles’ guitarist Don Felder, 73, and fiancee Diane McInerney, 49, end their engagement after two years of dating

Don Felder and Diane McInerney have called it quits after two years of dating and just nine months after he popped the question on a sunset stroll in Malibu. 

The 49-year Inside Edition anchor, who resides in New York City, reportedly made the decision in August, after their long-distance relationship became too challenging. 

As she prioritized her young daughters amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the former Eagles guitarist, 73, is still based across the country in California.

Broken engagement: Don Felder and Diane McInerney have called it quits after two years of dating and just nine months after he popped the question on a sunset stroll in Malibu (seen last September)

Broken engagement: Don Felder and Diane McInerney have called it quits after two years of dating and just nine months after he popped the question on a sunset stroll in Malibu (seen last September)

Their their 24-year age gap did not contribute to their split, which remains amicable,  according to TMZ.

‘Diane will always love Don and they’re still keeping in touch,’ a source told the outlet. ‘Don even sent Diane three dozen pink roses last month for her birthday.’ 

In January, the performer proposed to the journalist on a beach, after two years of dating, according to People. 

Difficult: The 49-year Inside Edition anchor, who resides in New York City, reportedly made the decision, after their long-distance relationship became too challenging

Difficult: The 49-year Inside Edition anchor, who resides in New York City, reportedly made the decision, after their long-distance relationship became too challenging

It was the spot where he wrote the music for the iconic 1976 Eagles album, Hotel California.

At the time, a source told People: ‘Don is so in love with Diane. She fills his heart every day in every way with love and joy. Diane is beyond excited to be engaged to the love of her life. Their friends and family are thrilled for their happiness.’ 

Shortly after new broke of their engagement, she shared a look of her ring, a custom design, featuring a five-carat round brilliant cut diamond, on Instagram. 

Both of them have previously been married. Felder has four children with ex-wife Susan Pickersgill, from whom he split in 2000 after three decades of marriage. 

Speaking of their split earlier this year, he told The Big Issue: ‘I think my wife and I would still be together today if the band hadn’t been on the road between 10 and 11 months a year. When you’re away all the time, and every room is an empty hotel room, and there’s a lot of partying going on it’s easy to forget what’s going on at home.

'Diane will always love Don and they're still keeping in touch,' and insider told the site. 'Don even sent Diane three dozen pink roses last month for her 49th birthday,' a source told TMZ

‘Diane will always love Don and they’re still keeping in touch,’ and insider told the site. ‘Don even sent Diane three dozen pink roses last month for her 49th birthday,’ a source told TMZ 

He added: ‘All sorts of things can happen on the road. I don’t use that as an excuse – I accept I did that, and I suffered the consequences. I deserve everything that happened to me.

‘And sadly, my children grew up with mostly an absentee father. When the band broke up I tried to make up for that. I made a solo record but I didn’t tour. I stayed at home, I became the school soccer coach. I felt I owed them that time.’ 

Diane was previously married to criminal defense lawyer, Edward Palermo, with whom she has two children. 

The New York-born journalist has been at Inside Edition since 2003. 

Showing off that ring: Diane shared a mirror selfie earlier this year showing off her sparkler

Showing off that ring: Diane shared a mirror selfie earlier this year showing off her sparkler

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