Richard Marx, Cynthia Rhodes

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Sadly, Richard Marx and Cynthia Rhodes aren't right there waiting for each other anymore.

Marx confirmed during an appearance on Katie today that he was single again, and it didn't appear that  Katie Couric was aware that the current state of his marriage was not widely known.

"You're back on the market!" Couric exclaimed, prompting an uncomfortable chuckle of acknowledgment from her guest.

"Ladies?!" she added, encouraging her audience to get excited and prompting feeble applause.

"So, how are you feeling about dating at this point?" Couric asked. "I think they felt bad," Marx observed, miming the reluctant-sounding clapping.

"No, it's all brand new to me," the 50-year-old singer said. "So I'm just having fun."

The adult-contemporary hitmaker and Rhodes, 57, best known for playing Patrick Swayze's pro dance partner Penny in Dirty Dancing, have been married since 1989.

They have three sons together, Brandon, 23; Lucas, 21; and Jesse, 20.

After the Katie awkwardness, a rep for Marx confirmed  to People that he and Rhodes have been separated since July and are going through a divorce.

Couric also noted during the interview that Marx went to high school in Chicago with her fiancé, John Molner.

"I never particularly liked him," the singer cracked, quickly adding, "We weren't, like, pals, but I think we played on every sports team together. I was just jealous because he was one of the true brainiacs. We would copy John's papers."

Rhodes retired from acting to focus on their family full-time in the Chicago area. In addition to her iconic Dirty Dancing role, Rhodes also played John Travolta's love interest in the Saturday Night Fever sequel Staying Alive.

Marx has memorably talked about how he penned "Right Here Waiting" as a love letter to Rhodes, who was his girlfriend at the time and off shooting a movie while he was on the road. The song, the second single off of his 1989 album Repeat Offender, spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

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