After 18 years of marriage, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, 51, and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, 48, have decided to separate.
In an Instagram post, Trudeau stated that the separation followed "meaningful and difficult conversations."
The couple emphasized that despite their separation, they would remain "a close family with deep love and respect" for each other. They have also requested privacy for the "well-being" of their children, Xavier (15), Ella-Grace (14), and Hadrien (nine).
Trudeau's office released a statement confirming that, despite the separation, the couple will continue to make public appearances together. They have taken all necessary legal and ethical steps in relation to their decision to separate.
Back in May 2022, Sophie Trudeau shared her thoughts on long-term partnerships when celebrating their wedding anniversary. On Instagram, she wrote: "we have navigated through sunny days, heavy storms, and everything in between."
In his 2014 book, PM Trudeau mentioned the challenges in their marriage, stating: "Our marriage isn't perfect, and we have had difficult ups and downs, yet Sophie remains my best friend, my partner, my love. We are honest with each other, even when it hurts."
The couple's relationship began in 2003 when Sophie Trudeau was a TV celebrity, known for her charitable efforts in the areas of eating disorders and mental health.
Notably, Justin Trudeau becomes the second Canadian Prime Minister to announce a separation while in office, following in the footsteps of his late father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, and mother, Margaret Trudeau, who were married for six years before divorcing.