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Published: Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 3:27 PM
By: Kelcie Willis, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
— Singer Fergie and actor Josh Duhamel are separating after eight years of marriage.
People reported Thursday that the couple confirmed the news in a joint statement.
“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.”
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The couple reportedly started dating in 2004. In 2009, reports emerged that Duhamel had an affair. In a 2012 interview with Oprah, Fergie said the claims were difficult, but made them stronger.
“When you go through difficult times, it really makes you stronger as a unit, as a partnership,” Fergie said at the time.
When Duhamel, 44, and Fergie, 42, decided to separate is not clear. They had not been seen in public together as of late, but a July 19 Instagram post from Duhamel shows them together at an event.