“With absolute love and respect we decided to separate as a couple earlier this year,” the couple said in a statement to 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,” they insisted.
The couple shares a 4-year-old son, Axl Jack, and they “tried to conceive” another child in 2015.
Duhamel, 44, was accused of cheating on Fergie, 42, with a stripper ahead of their lavish 2009 wedding.
“When you go through difficult times, it really makes you stronger as a unit, as a partnership. It does for us, anyways. Our love today is a deeper love, definitely,” Fergie said at the time. “We’re stronger today definitely because of anything difficult that’s happened with us. We deal with it, we communicate; communicating’s the most important thing.”
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