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Richard Marx’s new album may be titled Beautiful Goodbye, but he swears it’s not about his breakup with longtime love, Dirty Dancing’s Cynthia Rhodes.

“There were people who thought that, especially with the name of the album, that it was going to be a record about splitting up,” Marx tells PEOPLE. “And it’s not that at all. It’s really a celebration of romance and seduction.”

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Richard Marx and Cynthia Rhodes Divorcing After 25 Years of Marriage

The king of love ballads and his wife are no longer singing the same tune.

Richard Marx, 50, the pop singer behind romantic ’80s and ’90s hits like “Right Here Waiting,” and “Hold On to the Nights,” has announced that he and his wife, actress and singer Cynthia Rhodes, 57, are splitting, PEOPLE confirms.

The couple have been separated since July and are in the process of divorcing after 25 years of marriage, his rep tells PEOPLE.