We are real people, with real lives, with real families, friends and colleagues.Therefore, we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter."After reeling from this heartbreak, we discover that the summer is still far from over...In a statement to ET, the couple says: "While the two of us have come to the mutual decision that we will no longer be partners in marriage, we remain partners in parenthood and are committed to jointly raising our three sons in a happy and healthy environment."But what does all this have to do with Gwen and Blake? "I haven't met one coach that's been on this show that I wouldn't consider at this point a really good friend," Blake tells ET.Just one of the many shocking splits of the summer, country music's king and queen call it quits after four years of marriage."This is not the future we envisioned," reps for the couple said in a statement to the Associated Press."And it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately.WATCH: It's Official: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani Are Dating! coach Christina Aguilera takes a leave of absence to welcome her new daughter, Gwen is hired on to take her place.
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton's whirlwind romance -- borne by the intersection of timing, circumstance, and heartbreak -- seems to have taken everyone by such surprise, that while it would be naive to speculate on whether it's forever or a fling, you have to admit that there is already so much to reflect on in such a short time.Here is a timeline of how the "I'm Just a Girl" singer and the man she affectionately calls "Cowboy" came together.WATCH: Miranda Lambert Rocked a 'Revenge Dress,' but 'Was Hurting' After Blake Shelton Confirmed Gwen Stefani Relationship Aug.3, 2015 -- Gwen Stefani announces her split from Gavin Rossdale.
After 13 years together, the rocker couple calls it quits.By late October, they will settle their divorce, with joint custody of their three children -- 9-year-old Kingston, 7-year-old Zuma, and 1-year-old Apollo -- though Gavin will have them more given Gwen's touring schedule.