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Canadian Prime Minister and wife call it quits after 18 Years of marriage


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, made an unexpected announcement on Wednesday, revealing that they have decided to separate, signifying the potential end of their high-profile 18-year marriage.

The couple has been open about the challenges they faced in their relationship, and over the last few years, they have been seen less frequently together in public.

Trudeau, aged 51, and Sophie, aged 48, tied the knot in May 2005 and are parents to three children, aged 15, 14, and nine. In 2020, on their anniversary, Trudeau publicly expressed his admiration, calling Sophie “my rock, my partner, and my best friend.”

The news of their separation came as a surprise to many, despite the difficulties they openly shared in their marriage.

As Prime Minister, Trudeau’s personal life has often been in the spotlight, making this announcement a matter of public interest and concern. The couple’s decision to part ways marks a significant chapter in both their personal lives and the country’s political landscape.

Trudeau is not new to separation; as a young man, he witnessed his father, former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, separate from his mother in 1977 while in office.

The revelation of their separation comes as one of the most significant personal crises for Trudeau since assuming the role of prime minister in 2015, particularly because he has been a strong supporter of promoting family life in Canadian society.

The news adds a layer of complexity to Trudeau’s public persona, which has often stressed the importance of family values and unity.

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Interestingly, the announcement comes on the heels of Trudeau’s recent massive cabinet shuffle, aimed at strengthening the fortunes of his Liberal Party, which has been trailing in the polls.

Despite the challenges posed by the separation, aides close to Trudeau say that he is more than ready to lead the Liberals into the next election, which is expected to take place by October 2025.

As the nation watches closely, Trudeau’s handling of both his personal and political spheres will be under scrutiny.

“Sophie and I would like to share the fact that, after many meaningful and difficult conversations, we have made the decision to separate,” Trudeau said on Instagram. Gregoire Trudeau posted an almost identical message on her own Instagram account, Reuters reported.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. said Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc, one of Trudeau’s closest allies, would brief members of the cabinet later on Wednesday.

The CBC also said Trudeau was likely to speak publicly about the separation this week.

Trudeau’s office said the two had signed a legal agreement, stressing that the couple would focus on raising their children. The family will go on vacation together next week.

Gregoire Trudeau will be moving into separate accommodations in Ottawa but plans to spend plenty of time with the children in Rideau Cottage, the prime minister’s official residence, to ensure they have as normal an upbringing as possible, said a source familiar with the situation.

The source, who requested anonymity because of the extreme sensitivity of the situation, said the couple would have joint custody of the children.