Bruce Jenner, Kris Jenner separate after 22 years

Kris and Bruce Jenner: The parents at the

Kris and Bruce Jenner: The parents at the center of the storm that is "Keeping up with the Kardashians." (Credit: AP)

Kris Jenner, matriarch of the reality-show Kardashian clan, has separated from her husband of 22 years, former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner.

"We are living separately and we are much happier this way," the pair said in a statement to E! News.

The cable network E! airs "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" and its spinoff shows.

The statement continued, "But we will always have much love and respect for each other. Even though we are separated, we will always remain best friends and, as always, our family will remain our number-one priority."

Kris Jenner, 57, appeared nonchalant about the announcement, tweeting jocularly afterward, "Body just involuntarily steered itself into French bakery."

She also noted their most recent anniversary on April 21, captioning an Instagram photo of themselves, "Happy Anniversary Bruce!!!! Best 22 years I could ever have imagined...hope the next 22 is even more fabulous...I love you!"

However, said E!, Kris Jenner has been photographed in recent weeks without her wedding ring.

Yesterday, the self-proclaimed momager told Us Weekly, "We ended a marriage, but that's not the end of our friendship. I will always love him, but we are no longer a couple in that way."

Occasional divorce rumors had appeared in tabloids in recent years, including last November. "We just laugh it off," Kris Jenner told E! at the time. "We love each other and just laugh about it." She added, "These kind of stories have been circulating for the last couple of years. We're absolutely not filing for divorce. Everything is great. We feel very blessed as a family."

The couple have two daughters together -- Kendall, 17, and Kylie, 16.

Kris Jenner was previously married to O.J. Simpson defense attorney Robert Kardashian from 1978 to 1991. They had four children together -- Kourtney, Kim, Khloé and Robert. Bruce Jenner, 63, who won the gold medal in the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, was married twice before. He has two children, Burt and Casey, with first wife Chrystie Crownover, to whom he was married from 1972 to 1981; and two more Brandon and Brody, with Linda Thompson, his wife from 1982 to 1984.

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