Robin Thicke & Paula Patton Are Dunzo

Paula Patton and Robin Thicke are ending their longtime marriage.

"We will always love each other and be best friends, however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time," the singer and the actress told PEOPLE on Monday in an exclusive statement.

The pair, who first met when Thicke was 14, have been married since 2005 and welcomed son Julian Fuego Thicke in April 2010.

Thicke, 36, long had been very expressive about his marriage to Patton, 38, gushing, "We're pretty sure we've loved each other for a few lives."