Fergie and Josh Duhamel
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After eight years of marriage, Fergie and actor Josh Duhamel are separating.

The couple announced the news in a joint statement. “With absolute love and respect we decided to separate as a couple earlier this year,” the two said. “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.”

Fergie, 42, and Duhamel, 44, dated for five years before getting married in a lavish Malibu wedding in 2009.

During their marriage, they had a 4-year-old son named Axl Jack.

In January, Fergie and Josh celebrated their eighth anniversary, sharing loving messages on social media… but apparently, it wasn’t all sunshine.

The news comes as Fergie gears up for the release of her new solo project, Double Dutchess, due out September 22.