Black Eyed Peas female vocalist Fergie and her actor husband Josh Duhamel have announced that they are separating after eight years of marriage.
In a statement released to People Magazine, the duo said:
“With absolute love and respect we decided to separate as a couple earlier this year.
“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 pair, who share four-year-old son Axl, began dating back in 2004 when Fergie made a cameo on Duhamel’s Las Vegas show.
They got engaged three years later and married in Malibu in January 2009.
It has been months since the couple have been pictured together but they celebrated their eighth wedding anniversary back in January.
Barely a week ago Fergie – real name Stacy Ann Ferguson –had laughed off rumours that the pair were expecting their second child.
“I’ve heard so many rumors about all of that. I have no idea what’s in the future,” she had told 103.5 KTU.
Their shock split is one of many surprising celebrity separations over the past year.
In Septmeber 2016 Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt announced their divorce while Anna Faris and Chris Prat broke hearts this summer with their separation.