10/06/2005 AT 08:00 AM EDT
After September brought what seemed a record number of celebrity breakups – Renee Zellweger and Kenny Chesney, Paris Hilton and Paris Latsis, Sophia Bush and Chad Michael Murphy, Tori Spelling and Charlie Shanian, Kathy Griffin and Matt Moline, and Jamie-Lynn DiScala and A.J. DiScala – now comes news that R&B singer-songwriter Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and his wife Tracey have gone their separate ways.
The husband and wife of 13 years – and parents of two young children – acknowledged in a statement Wednesday that they have been unofficially separated "for quite some time," the Associated Press reports.
"It is with deep regret that we announce our permanent separation. We remain best friends," said the couple, who have also produced movies and TV shows together, including Soul Food.
They also say that they "will continue to work together in our companies, and our various business ventures. ... More importantly, we are parents of two wonderful children, and will continue to provide a loving, caring and stable environment for them."
Besides his own hit songs – "Whip Appeal" and "Change the World" among them – Edmonds has also written for Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Bobby Brown and others.