I wonder if EO knew about this article coming out (perhaps the author would have contacted her for a quote or touched base with her reps.)?
Maybe the 'He ended it' and 'I want to focus on my career' and 'he's living it up big time in Hawaii with the hula girls while I'm trying to recover' are meant to garner some sympathy for EO.
Because, damn, she could use some after this article. Even if she didn't know his best friend had died - an engagement should never be ended over the phone. And that's not because Emily Post says so, that's just being a human being.