Josh Duhamel and Fergie made a shocking announcement of their separation after eight years of marriage. In a joint statement, the couple confirmed that they have been separated for several months and asked the public to respect the privacy of their family.

Josh and Fergie stun fans, friends over split

Despite their decision to call it quits, the estranged couple promised to stay committed to supporting each and their family. Reports claimed the two had gone separate ways a month after they celebrated their eighth wedding anniversary in January.

Josh Duhamel and Fergie with their four-year-old son, Axl Jack, even went on a family vacation to have some time off at the beach on a special day.

The couple even shared a few snippets from their fun getaway which showed no signs that they were going through marital issues.

Even their close friends were stunned to hear the news of their separation. “They had a good dynamic together. They’re both kinds, nice, good people," an insider said.

Aside from the joint statement, Josh Duhamel and Fergie have yet to provide further details on the split. In fact, not much has been said about the separation which has raised a lot of speculation among fans.

Actor steps out after separation from singer

Meanwhile, the "Transformers" alum was the first to be seen in public after the news of his split from the "Big Girls Don't Cry" singer came out. The 44-year-old actor went for a hike in the hills of Los Angeles shortly after they made the shocking announcement.

Josh Duhamel sported a black shirt matched with faded jeans, blue cap, and a pair of black sneakers when he stepped out for some fresh air. The actor, however, was not wearing his wedding ring, unlike Fergie who was spotted wearing hers.

The Black Eyed Peas member is currently in Brazil to perform at the "Rock in Rio" music festival which will run from September 15-24.

In an old interview, the "Las Vegas" actor shared that respect has played a crucial role in making their marriage work. Josh Duhamel emphasized the importance of giving each other enough room to pursue their respective crafts. In fact, he added that they do not get involved with each other's business, which he said worked well for their relationship.

The two had known each other for three years before they announced their engagement in 2007. Josh Duhamel and Fergie officially became husband and wife in January 2009 and were blessed with a child four years later.