The couple – who began dating in 2003 and tied the knot five years later – confirmed the split on Wednesday.

“At this time, we can confirm Ms Braxton has made an extremely difficult decision and has filed for divorce from Vincent Herbert,” a spokesperson for Braxton was quoted saying in a statement issued to People magazine.

“Collectively, their son Logan and his well-being during this extremely unfortunate process, is most important. We ask that everyone respects her privacy during this incredibly difficult time. She appreciates everyone’s love and prayers.”

Braxton’s decision to dissolve her marriage comes just one month shy of their ninth wedding anniversary.

The couple has lived much of their married life in the public eye initially through reality TV shows Braxton Family Values and its spin-off Tamar and Vince, which has been renewed for a fifth season and is scheduled to premier in the USA in November.

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Herbert, a renowned producer in the music industry, has been credited as playing an instrumental role in launching Braxton’s music career.

In March this year, Braxton parted ways with the The Real talk show to pursue her solo singing career and in September, announced her retirement from the music industry to focus on her marriage.

“There’s a lot of things that are going on in my relationship and me being close to this music industry. Whatever I can do to eliminate all of the stress and problems off of my relationship, I would rather do that,” she said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. 

“My husband and I work very close together and it’s really hard, you know. Not only do we work together, he is my baby daddy and, you know, we’ve been together forever. He’s my best friend. It’s a lot of things to discuss and argue about.”

Additional reporting by People, Entertainment Tonight