While Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has always appeared extremely close with his wife of 18 years Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, it appears that their long union is at an end.
The politician has announced that they will be separating, a decision made after “many meaningful and difficult conversations.”
Sharing the news on his Instagram, he added that the couple, who have three children together, intend to continue being a loving family, despite the split.
“As always, we remain a close family with deep love and respect for each other and for everything we have built and will continue to build,” he wrote.
While the pair did not become a couple until the turn of the century, Sophie Grégoire grew up in Montréal in the same neighbourhood as Trudeau. She was friends with Justin Trudeau’s younger brother, who tragically passed in an avalanche in 1998, and knew of Justin only as his elder brother.
Trudeau temporarily lived in Vancouver as a secondary school teacher, but moved back to Montréal in 2002, where he met Sophie.
The pair hit it off and were engaged in October 2004 and married in May 2005. Together they are the parents of three children, Xavier, 15, Ella-Grace, 14, and Hadrien, 9.
Grégoire Trudeau shared a post last year for their 17th anniversary, hinting that their troubles may have been going on for a while.
“Who knew little Sophie would find little Justin and build a life together one day! Together for 19 years, married for 17, we have navigated through sunny days, heavy storms, and everything in between and it ain’t over,” she shared alongside two images, one of her as a child and one of her husband.
“You all know I keep things honest: long-term relationships are challenging in so many ways. They demand constant work, flexibility, compromise, sacrifice, devotion, patience, effort, and so much more. None of us are perfect and so there is no perfect relationship, but love is only true when it keeps you safe, sets you free, and makes you grow.”
The pair seemed in good spirits earlier this year, attending King Charles III’s coronation in London in May, but it seems that they have made that final decision to go their separate ways.