updated 08/26/2011 AT 11:40 AM ET
•originally published 08/26/2011 AT 12:15 PM ET
Minka Kelly’s split from New York Yankees star Derek Jeter was confirmed Friday, but it sounds like he may have struck out several weeks prior.
At the TCAs Aug. 7 – where Kelly, 31, was promoting her upcoming Charlie’s Angels TV reboot – the actress seemed to foreshadow her split from Jeter, 37.
When asked to complete this sentence: “I don’t need a man to ,” Kelly was quick with her response.
“I don’t need a man to validate me,” she told PEOPLE.
She and Jeter dated for three years before their amicable split. “They care about each other,” says another source. “They’re still friends.”
Reporting by MELODY CHIU