Fergie and Josh Duhamel Call it Quits

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It seems Fergie and Josh Duhamel’s fairy tale romance has come to an end after eight years of being married.

The couple are splitting and a source confirmed the news to PEOPLE this week. The source said on Thursday to People, “People close to them won’t be surprised that this ended.”

“A big factor is how different Fergie and Josh are,” the source explained. “In the beginning, it was what attracted them to each other and made them so fun to be around.”

The source said that while Fergie is “fun and outgoing,” Duhamel is “charming and relaxed.” The source said, “They come from totally different backgrounds and they wanted different things.”

According to the source, the lives of the two “were heading in two separate directions and [they] are often apart because of work.”

While many fans may be surprised at the news, the source said their break up was “a long time coming.”

The source assured that the couple is “obsessed with [their 4-year-old son] Axl and love being parents.”

The couple confirmed their break to PEOPLE earlier as well and released a joint statement that said, “With absolute love and respect we decided to separate as a couple earlier this year,” the couple said in a joint statement. “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.”