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Babyface's Marital Bust-Up

10/06/2005 1:00 PM,


Maybe there's something in the water.

On the heels of Renee & Kenny, Chad & Sophia, Paris & Paris, Kathy & Matt, Tori & Charlie, Jamie-Lynn & A.J., and maybe even Nick & Jessica, another Hollywood couple has gone bust.

Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Tracey Edmonds, his wife of 13 years, issued a statement Wednesday announcing the end of their marriage.

"It is with deep regret that we announce our permanent separation," the couple said in a joint release. "We remain best friends."

Despite the split, the twosome, who have produced a handful of projects together, including the HBO series Soulfood and the recent big screen adaptation of Josie and the ####################cats, have no plans to cut their professional ties.

"We will continue to work together in our companies, and our various business ventures," the couple said. "More importantly, we are parents of two wonderful children, and will continue to provide a loving, caring and stable environment for them."

The R&B crooner, 47, and his wife, 38, also acknowledged that they had been unofficially separated "for quite some time."

Singer-songwriter Edmonds first rose to fame in 1989, when his Tender Lover album spawned four top 10 hits, including "It's No Crime" and "Whip Appeal."

Throughout the '90s, he honed his craft as a songwriter, penning hits for the likes of Whitney Houston, Madonna, Bobby Brown and Mariah Carey. He went on to write one of the longest-running number ones in pop history, Boyz II Men's "The End of the Road," and in 1996 nabbed the Record of the Year Grammy for Eric Clapton's "Change the World."

Edmonds' latest album, Grown & Sexy, was released in July.