By Scott T. Sterling

Pop star Fergie and actor husband Josh Duhamel have announced their separation after eight years of marriage.

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

The couple have one child, a four-year-old son named Axl.

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