Fergie and Josh Duhamel were the most recent couple to shock us with an announcement that they were splitting up. And like so many others, their statement read that they had actually broken up earlier this year, not when they announced it.
"With absolute love and respect we decided to separate as a couple earlier this year," they said in a joint statement. "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."
They share a four-year-old son, Axl, so it’s understandable that they’d want their privacy for as long as possible—but along with that comes dodging the inevitable questions about their marriage. And while Fergie has an album to promote, she felt it was time to come clean, because, well, it was getting really weird to keep up the charade, she says.
"Honestly, it was just getting a little weird for us with all the romantic questions," the singer told People.
"We're great friends, we love each other so much, and it just got to the point where it was getting a little weird," she added. "There's no perfect time, so we just decided to do it."
The two separated after eight years of marriage, sadly. They had been together for 13 years.
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