“With absolute love and respect, we decided to separate as a couple earlier this year,” the former couple confirmed in a joint statement to Us Weekly on Thursday, September 14. “To give our family the best opportunity to adjust, we wanted to keep this a private matter before sharing it with the public. We are and will always be united in our support of each other and our family.”
The “You Already Know” singer, 42, and the Transformers actor, 44, began dating in September 2004 and tied the knot in Malibu in January 2009. They share 4-year-old son Axl.
Just a few days before the shocking announcement, Fergie shut down rumors that she and Josh were expecting a second child. “I’ve heard so many rumors about all of that,” she told 103.5 KTU on September 8. “I have no idea what’s in the future.”
For now, the former Black Eyed Peas singer is focusing on the upcoming release of her second solo album, Double Dutchess. “I just turned all my videos in yesterday to everybody,” she explained in the interview, during which she was still wearing her wedding ring. “It’s like I’m birthing a different kind of baby. I feel like I’m birthing this thing out. It didn’t come from my belly, but it came from my soul.”
Fergie and Duhamel haven’t been spotted together in public as of late, but they were all smiles as they celebrated their eighth wedding anniversary in January. “8 years!! Love you babe,” the actor captioned a family photo on Instagram at the time.
Sign up now for the Us Weekly newsletter to get breaking celebrity news, hot pics and more delivered straight to your inbox!