NSYNC's Joey Fatone confirms divorce from wife of 15 years during appearance with longtime girlfriend

NSYNC member Joey Fatone confirmed this week that he and his wife of nearly 15 years are divorcing.

“I was, at one point, married, and now I am separated, going through a divorce," Fatone told Us Weekly at the Critics’ Choice Real TV Awards. By his side at the event was longtime girlfriend Izabel Araujo, who he reportedly began dating in 2014.

The ex-couple has been separated for some time, but Fatone, 42, had not previously publicly addressed the split.

Fatone and Baldwin wed in 2004, tying the knot after nearly a decade of on-and-off dating. In 2013, reports circulated that the two were heading for divorce, and Fatone acknowledged that the claims were causing him stress: "I'm deeply upset about that," he said at the time, adding that he and his wife were "fine" and "still married ... kids are great."

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NEW YORK CITY - JULY 16: Singer Joey Fatone of NSYNC and girlfriend Kelly Baldwin attend the Screening of "Sex & the City" Season Five Premiere on July 16, 2002 at the Museum of Natural History in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor/singer Joey Fatone, wife Kelly Baldwin and daughter Briahna arrive at "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears A Who" premiere at The Mann Village on March 8, 2008 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 14: Joey Fatone and daughters attend the premiere Focus Features' 'Kubo and The Two Strings' on August 14, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 08: (L-R) Singer Joey Fatone and his daughters attend the World Premiere of Disney's "Pete's Dragon" at the El Capitan Theatre on August 8, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 11: Singer Joey Fatone and his daughters attend the Disney On Ice Presents Let's Celebrate! event at Staples Center on December 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Recording Artist Joey Fatone (L) and his wife Kelly Baldwin (R) attend the "mPowering Action" platform launch at The Conga Room at L.A. Live on February 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
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Fatone and Baldwin share 18-year-old Briahna and 9-year-old Kloey.

Fatone's girlfriend has been by his side at numerous red carpet events in recent years. In May, she shared a sweet photo from Briahna's high school graduation, and there appears to be no bad blood within the family: Both Araujo and Baldwin appear in one of the smiling snapshots.

"Congrats B!!!" she wrote. "We're all very proud of you!"

Fatone and his ex first started dating as teenagers in Orlando in the 1990s. At the time, Fatone was working as a performer at Universal Studios, which is where he met Chris Kirkpatrick, leading to the birth of NSYNC. Years later, he would name fellow bandmate Lance Bass godfather of his two daughters.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 02: (L-R) Izabel Araujo and Joey Fatone attend the Critics' Choice Real TV Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 02, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: Joey Fatone, Izabel Araujo, Briahna Fatone, and Kloey Fatone attend the premiere of Disney's "Dumbo" at El Capitan Theatre on March 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
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