Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Wednesday, 2nd August 2023, that he and his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, are separating after 18years of marriage.

Justin and Sophie Trudeau, at King Charles III coronation

The prime minister and his wife said in a joint statement posted to their official Instagram accounts that they had “many meaningful and difficult conversations” prior to their decision.

“As always, we remain a close family with deep love and respect for each other for everything we have built and will continue to build.”

Justin Trudeau – Canadian Prime Minister

The couple asked for privacy out of respect for the children’s well-being.

Trudeau has publicly praised his wife over the years, most recently in a post on her birthday in April. He posted two selfies with her to his social media with a caption professing his love for her.

“From this, to this, and everything in between, there’s no one I’d rather have by my side.”

Justin Trudeau

He also praised her and his own mother as two of the “strongest, bravest, and greatest people” in a Mother’s Day post from May.

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau offered similar praise for her husband in a Father’s Day post in June.

“This man could carry the love he has for his kids anywhere.

Dads, never underestimate your role as mentors in your family for your sons and your daughters.”

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau – Wife to Canadian PM

Sophie and Justin Trudeau first met as children in Montreal and crossed paths again at a charity event in 2003, according to Vogue. They married in 2005 and have three children, two sons and a daughter.

Story: Christy Dung