Singer Ashlee Simpson has filed for divorce from Pete Wentz, the former bassist of Fall Out Boy whom she married in 2008. The news was first reported by TMZ and was confirmed in a statement from a spokesperson for the couple.
“After careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to file for divorce,” reads the statement on behalf of Simpson and Wentz. “We remain friends and deeply committed and loving parents to our son Bronx, whose happiness and well-being remains our number one priority. We ask that everyone honor our privacy as we navigate this next phase of our lives.”
In documents filed to the Los Angeles Superior Court today (Feb. 9), Simpson cites “irreconcilable differences” as the primary motivation behind the dissolution of divorce. Simpson is asking for joint legal custody and primary physical custody of the couple’s 2-year-old son, Bronx.
Simpson recorded three albums before announcing her engagement to Wentz in April 2008 and marrying him one month later. Wentz founded Fall Out Boy in 2001 and played with the pop-punk group until the foursome went on an indefinite hiatus in late 2009; his latest musical project, Black Cards, has yet to release its debut album.