05/07/2013 03:09 pm ET

Crystal Bowersox: 'American Idol' Runner-Up Divorcing Husband Brian Walker

"American Idol" runner-up Crystal Bowersox has split from musician husband Brian Walker after two and a half years of marriage.

"The friendship and love which brought us together remains strong, and we will continue to support each other in our careers and personal lives," the couple said in a joint statement announcing their split to People magazine. "We are hopeful that people will be respectful of our privacy as we face this emotional and challenging time for our family."

The former couple tied the knot in October 2010 after a brief engagement. Their wedding was attended by 60 guests, including "American Idol" contestant Didi Benami and Bowersox's son from a previous relationship.

Bowersox placed second in season nine of the reality show back in 2010.

Watch the video above for more on Bowersox's split, then click through the slideshow below for a look at the current season of "American Idol" contestants.

"American Idol" Season 12

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