Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, have publicly announced their decision to separate after 18 years of being in the spotlight as a high-profile couple.
Justin Trudeau, aged 51, hails from a prominent political lineage in Canada, while Sophie Trudeau, aged 48, had a previous career as a model and TV host. They tied the knot in 2005 and have been blessed with three children: 15-year-old Xavier, 14-year-old Ella-Grace, and 9-year-old Hadrien.
Trudeau conveyed the news via an Instagram post, stating, “Sophie and I would like to share the fact that after many meaningful and difficult conversations, we have made the decision to separate.” He emphasized that despite this development, they will remain a close-knit family, holding deep love and respect for each other and everything they have built together.
According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), both Justin and Sophie have already signed a legal separation agreement, taking all necessary legal and ethical measures in light of their decision. They will continue to prioritize their children’s well-being and are focused on raising them in a safe, loving, and cooperative environment.
The couple has requested privacy for their children’s sake, urging people to respect their family’s space during this period of transition. Despite the separation, the family intends to spend time together during an upcoming vacation.
Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire’s connection dates back to their childhood when she was a classmate of his youngest brother, Michel. They reconnected as adults while co-hosting a charity gala in 2003, according to reports.
Notably, Justin Trudeau is the second Canadian prime minister to announce a separation while in office. His father, Pierre Trudeau, and mother, Margaret Trudeau, also separated during Pierre Trudeau’s final year as prime minister in 1984.