Fergie & Josh Duhamel Announce Separation After 8 Years of Marriage

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Big girls don’t cry… but we think Fergie has a reason to right now, as she and husband Josh Duhamel are calling it quits.

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

So far, no further details have been given as to the reason for the split, nor is it known what will happen to the pair’s 4-year-old son, Axl.

The last time the family was seen together was on the duo’s 8th anniversary in January:

8 years!! Love you babe.

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Throughout their relationship, the 42-year-old former Black Eyed Peas singer and 44-year-old Transformers actor had their ups and downs. In 2009, the same year they got married, they were rocked by cheating rumors. A stripper named Nicole Forrester gave a tell-all interview to Atlanta radio station Q100 in November, 10 months after the couple walked down the aisle, alleging that she met Josh at her strip club. “We had a few cocktails and I did one dance,” she said, adding that he contacted her a few days later to arrange a meeting at a hotel, where the pair “had sex… for a long time.”

His rep denied the entire fling, saying, “This is not the first, nor will it be the last, time that a stripper was paid a large amount of money to sell a false story about a celebrity. This story is absolutely ridiculous.”

The then-newlyweds powered through at the time… but, alas, couldn’t make it in the long run, anyway.