North Dakota native Josh Duhamel officially splits with Fergie after 8 years of marriage

(NBC Chicago & Valley News Live) North Dakota native and actor Josh Duhamel and former Black Eyed Peas rocker Fergie announced Thursday they were splitting after eight years of marriage.

"With absolute love and respect we decided to separate as a couple earlier this year,” the couple said in a joint statement released by their rep. “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."

The couple share a 4-year-old son, Axl.

Duhamel was born in Minot and is featured in several ads for the North Dakota national tourism campaign.