Kris and Bruce Jenner have separated after 22 years of marriage.

“We are living separately and we are much happier this way,” the couple said in a joint statement to E! News.

“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.”

Bruce has been living in Malibu for a year, while over the past few weeks, Kris has been photographed not wearing her wedding ring.

Kris, 57, and Bruce, 63, married in 1991, just one month after her divorce from Robert Kardashian was finalised. They have two children together, Kendall, 17, and Kylie 16.

Bruce, a former Olympic champion, was previously married to Chrystie Crownover, with whom he has two children, as well as Linda Thompson, with whom he also has two children with.

The split comes as a shock to the reality TV family, who have been dealing with marital problems between Khloe Kardashian and husband Lamar Odom, who has been battling with drug and rehab issues and living apart from his wife.