After 18 years of marriage, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie have decided to divorce.
After 18 years of public marriage, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, announced their divorce on Wednesday.
Justin Trudeau, 51, is a descendant of one of Canada’s most famous leaders. Sophie Trudeau is a model and television celebrity in the past. In 2005, the pair married. They have three children: Xavier, 15, Ella-Grace, 14, and Hadrien, 9 years old.
“Sophie and I want to make public the fact that after several meaningful and difficult conversations, we agreed to the decision to separate,” Trudeau said on Instagram.
“As always, we remain a tight-knit family with deep love and respect for one another and for everything we have and will continue to build,” said Trudeau.
According to the Associated Press, Trudeau and Sophie have signed a formal separation agreement.
“They have worked to ensure that all legal and ethical steps regarding their decision to separate were properly taken, and will continue to do so moving forward,” the PMO statement said, according to Reuters.
“They continue a close family, and Sophie and the prime minister will focus on raising their children in a safe, loving, and collaborative environment,” Trudeau’s office stated in a statement, according to the Associated Press. “The family will be on vacation beginning next week,” according to the article.
People should respect the couple’s privacy for the sake of their children, according to the pair.
The Associated Press reports that Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire met as youngsters when she was a classmate of his younger brother, Michel, and reconnected as adults when they co-hosted a charity dinner in 2003.
According to the story, Trudeau’s father, Pierre Trudeau, and mother, Margaret Trudeau, separated in 1984, during the older Trudeau’s last year as prime minister.