As Gwen Stefani files for divorce from Gavin Rossdale after 13 years of marriage, we look back at their romance

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale have left fans brokenhearted after announcing that they’re getting divorced.

The couple – who have been married since 2002 and have three sons together – revealed the sad news in a joint statement.

‘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,’ it reads.

‘To that end, we respectfully request privacy from the media during this time.’

The divorce papers were filed by No Doubt singer Gwen, 45, at a California court and it’s thought that Gavin, 49, filed his response at the same time. Irreconcilable differences were cited as the reason for the break-up and it’s reported that the stars want joint custody of their children.

It comes just 18 months after Gwen gave birth to the couple’s youngest son Apollo, who the singer said was a ‘miracle’ baby. They’re also parents to boys Kingston, 9, and Zuma, 6.

Gwen met British star Gavin in 1995 when his band Bush toured with No Doubt and they soon became an item. They got hitched at St Paul’s Cathedral in London in 2002 and also had a second ceremony in Los Angeles a couple of weeks later.

They’ve had their ups and downs along the way though. There was shock in 2004 when it was revealed that Gavin was the father of British model Daisy Lowe, but both he and Gwen seem to have formed a close relationship with the 26-year-old since.

Last year the couple worked together professionally for the first time when Gavin assisted Gwen during her time as a coach on the US version of talent show The Voice, an experience that the mum-of-three admitted was ‘weird’ but ‘really great’.

Since the news of their split emerged fans have been expressing their sadness online, with one commenting on a photo of Gwen and Gavin posted on Gwen’s Instagram earlier this year: ‘NO NO NO NO NO PLEASE’

Another pleaded: ‘Please don’t break up.’

We’re devastated too! Relive their romance from the very beginning by checking out Gwen and Gavin’s love story in pictures above…