Trudeaus announce separation after 18 years of marriage

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, say they are separating after 18 years of marriage.

The pair took to social media on Wednesday to confirm the news.

“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,” the pair said on their respective accounts.

“For the well-being of our children, we ask that you respect our and their privacy.”

The Prime Minister’s Office has confirmed Trudeau and Grégoire have signed a legal separation agreement and are working to ensure all legal and ethical steps have been taken and will continue to do so moving forward.

Officials noticed the family will be together on vacation beginning next week.

“They remain a close family and Sophie and the Prime Minister are focused on raising their kids in a safe, loving and collaborative environment,” reads a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office. 

“Both parents will be a constant presence in their children’s lives and Canadians can expect to often see the family together.”

Trudeau, 51, and Grégoire, 48, married in May 2005 and have three children.