Canada PM Justin Trudeau announces separation From Wife

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie are separating and have signed a legal agreement, his office said in a statement on Wednesday that appeared to mark the end of the couple’s 18-year marriage.

The statement said, “They have labored to ensure that all legal and moral measures with relation to their choice to separate have been taken, and will continue to do so moving ahead”.

Late in May 2005, Trudeau, 51, and Sophie, 48, got hitched. They are parents of three kids.

According to the statement, “They remain a close family, and Sophie and the Prime Minister are focused on raising their children in a safe, loving, and cooperative environment.” Beginning the following week, the entire family will be on vacation together.

“After many meaningful and difficult conversations, we have made the decision to separate,” Trudeau wrote on Instagram.

His wife Sophie too posted a similar message on her account. The couple has three children — 15-year-old Xavier, 14-year-old Ella-Grace and 9-year-old Hadrien.

After his father and mother’s divorce in 1977, Trudeau will be the first prime minister to experience a separation while still in government. The National Post claims that Margaret Trudeau, the wife of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, moved to New York City while her husband, who was 29 years her senior, remained in Canada. Six years later, she made her divorce petition.

Married in 2005, they frequently stood with one another in front of the public. The couple described how they first met at a Montreal charity event in 2003 after first becoming acquainted as kids when Sophie was in the same primary class as the future politician’s brother. A couple of months later, they went out to dinner. When it was over, they told Vogue that he had remarked, “I’m 31 years old, and I’ve been waiting for you for 31 years.”