Couple Announce Divorce on Instagram
After 18 years of marriage, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau have surprised the country by saying that they are divorcing.
The couple shared identical posts on Instagram on Wednesday, saying that they have decided to end their marriage after “many meaningful and difficult conversations“.
Couple Ask For Privacy For Their Three Children
They also asked for privacy for the “well-being” of their three children, Xavier, 15, Ella-Grace, 14, and Hadrien, 9.
The announcement came as a surprise to many Canadians, who have seen the couple as a prominent political power couple over the course of Trudeau’s eight years in office.
Trudeau and Gregoire Trudeau Met in 2003 and Married in 2005
Trudeau, 51, and Gregoire Trudeau, 48, met in 2003, when she was working as a TV personality. They married in Montreal in 2005, in a ceremony that attracted a lot of media attention.
Couple Have Been Seen Together Less Frequently in Recent Years
In recent years, they have not appeared together much in public, but they went to the coronation of King Charles III together in May and had US President Joe Biden in Canada in March..
Trudeau’s Office Says Couple Will Still Make Public Appearances
In a statement, Trudeau’s office “They have worked to ensure that all legal and ethical steps with regards to their decision to divorce have been taken, and will continue to do so moving forward,” the statement said.
“They have worked to ensure that all legal and ethical steps with regards to their decision to divorce have been taken, and will continue to do so moving forward,” the statement said.
Couple Have Been Open About The Challenges of Their Marriage
The couple have been open about the challenges of their marriage in the past, both in interviews and on social media.
In a wedding anniversary post on Instagram in May 2022, Gregoire Trudeau wrote about the difficulties of long-term relationships, saying “we have navigated through sunny days, heavy storms, and everything in between“.
Trudeau also spoke about the ups and downs of their marriage in his 2014 autobiography, writing: “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.”
Gregoire Trudeau Is Known For Her Charity Work and Her Recovery From Covid-19
Gregoire Trudeau is also known for her charity work around mental health and eating disorders. She revealed in 2016 that she had suffered from bulimia as a teenager and young adult.
She also contracted Covid-19 in March 2020, after returning from a trip to London. She recovered after a few weeks of isolation.
Trudeau Is The Second Canadian PM To Divorce While In Office
Trudeau is the second Canadian prime minister to announce divorce while in office. His father, the late Pierre Elliott Trudeau, was the first to do so, who broke up with his mother Margaret Trudeau in 1977 after being together for six years. They later divorced.
Divorce Sparks Speculation About Trudeau’s Political Future
The divorce of Trudeau and Gregoire Trudeau has sparked speculation about how it will affect Trudeau’s popularity and political future, as he faces an election next year.
Some analysts have suggested that the divorce could hurt his image as a family man and a feminist leader, while others have argued that it could make him more relatable and sympathetic to voters.
Trudeau has not commented on the impact of his divorce on his political career, but has said that he remains committed to serving Canadians as their prime minister.