Fergie and Josh Duhamel announce separation

NEW YORK -- Fergie and Josh Duhamel are calling it quits after eight years of marriage. 

The singer and actor confirmed Thursday that they had actually decided to split up earlier this year, but kept the news quiet to give their family "the best opportunity to adjust."

Fergie and Duhamel have a son, Axl, who was born in 2013. They said in a statement that they would always be united in their support of each other and their family.

Fergie is a member of the Black Eyed Peas. She released her solo debut, "The Dutchess," in 2006, and is releasing "Double Dutchess" later this month.

Duhamel has appeared on TV shows including ABC's "All My Children" and in films such as "Transformers."

The breakup news was first reported by People magazine.