Fergie and Josh Duhamel split after eight years of marriage

Couple have a son Axl, four

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Singer Fergie and actor husband Josh Duhamel have separated after eight years of marriage.

The Black Eyed Peas bandmember, 42, and Transformers star, 44, have a four-year-old son Axl together.

In a joint statement, the pair 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."

Fergie, real name Stacy Ferguson, and Josh wed in 2009 after five years of dating.