Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth’s marriage has collapsed just eight months.

Miley's publicist confirmed the split and said :“Liam and Miley have agreed to separate at this time. Ever-evolving, changing as partners and individuals, they have decided this is what’s best while they both focus on themselves and careers.

They still remain dedicated parents to all of their animals they share while lovingly taking this time apart. Please respect their process and privacy” a rep for Cyrus tells PEOPLE in a statement.

Rumors of a split between Cyrus, 26, and Hemsworth, 29, began on Friday as Miley was spotted kissing Brody Jenner's ex-wife Kaitlynn Carter during a girls' getaway to Lake Como, Italy. Brody and Kaitlyn separated last week after just a year of marriage.