It's been a tough week for Funkmaster Flex. Following Mr. Cee's arrest for lewd sexual conduct, the Hot 97 personality engaged in a radio battle with rival NYC station Power 105, defending his co-worker and threatening to expose secrets about 105's on-air talent.

But while his professional career is sparking controversy, his personal life is falling apart. His wife, Monica Joseph-Taylor, has released a statement announcing her separation from Flex after 18 years of marriage, asking for the hip-hop community to respect their privacy.

"After almost 18 years of friendship and marriage it is with great regret that I announce my husband Aston Taylor, also known as Funkmaster Flex, and I are separated," she revealed in a statement.

"We have tremendous love and respect for each-other, and will continue to work on our professional projects together," she continued. "Our top priority has and will always be our children! I personally ask that the press keep in mind Flex is the celebrity, not myself or my children, please respect our privacy!'

The split comes mere months after Flex was arrested for engaging in an act of domestic violence against his wife. The famed DJ was arrested on charges of aggravated harassment, criminal mischief and harassment, and was later released on $500 bail.

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