Months before they decided to call it quits on their eight-year marriage, Fergie and Josh Duhamel were focused on expanding their family. Back in January, a source exclusively told Life & Style that the proud parents of Axl, 4, wanted to give their little boy a sibling.

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“They’ve been talking about trying for a second baby. Fergie’s face lights up whenever she talks about what a good father Josh is,” an insider shared at the time, adding that Josh, 44, and the “Fergalicious” songstress, 42, were secretly hoping for a baby girl. “Although he loves having Axl, Josh has always wanted a girl. [Fergie] would love a little mini-me.”

According to a recent report from Us Weekly, the pair frequently discussed having more kids before they pulled the plug on their relationship. “There had been a lot of talk in Fergie and Josh’s household about expanding the family,” an insider told the magazine. Learn more in the video below!

Both Josh and Fergie had been open about wanting to have more children in the past. “That’s the plan. That’s definitely the plan,” Josh said during a 2016 interview with Ryan Seacrest. “[Fergie]’s about to get real busy here with this album coming out next month so I’m guessing after all of that’s done, we can start working on it again? I don’t know.”

In 2015, the former Black Eyed Peas singer told E! News that she and Josh had planned on having two kids since the beginning of their romance. “We negotiated early on to have two kids, because he said he wanted five,” she said. “And I was on the date going, ‘OK, well, we could be really good friends, but my limit is two.’ That was date two or three. That was it. Why waste time?”

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Despite their plans for a family of four, the pair announced on Thursday, Sept. 14, that they were officially parting ways. “With absolute love and respect we decided to separate as a couple earlier this year,” Fergie and Josh told E! News in a joint statement. “To give our family the best opportunity to adjust, we wanted to keep this a private matter before sharing it with the public. We are and will always be united in our support of each other and our family.”

To see how Fergie’s changed over the years, click though the gallery below!