Justin Trudeau and Sophie announce their separation

In a notable development, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau have decided to separate after being married for 18 years, making it a high-profile split for Canada’s most recognizable political power couple.

Justin Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau

The announcement, which came unexpectedly on Wednesday, marked the end of what many described as a storybook marriage, bringing together two rising Canadian celebrities—the politically ambitious son of an iconic former prime minister and a glamorous television host from Quebec. The news was shared through an Instagram post on both Trudeau’s and Grégoire Trudeau’s accounts, each in English and French, around noon.

“After many meaningful and difficult conversations, we have made the decision to separate,” they stated.

The couple, who tied the knot in 2005, share three children: Xavier, 15, Ella-Grace, 14, and Hadrien, nine.

“While we remain a close family with deep love and respect for each other and for everything we have built and will continue to build,” they added, “we ask that you respect our and their privacy for the well-being of our children.”

Despite their separation, the family is reportedly planning to go on vacation together next week, as mentioned in a separate statement issued by the prime minister’s office. The couple has already signed a legal separation agreement.

“They remain a close family, and Sophie and the prime minister are committed to raising their kids in a safe, loving, and collaborative environment. Both parents will continue to be actively involved in their children’s lives, and Canadians can expect to frequently see the family together.” The Trudeau children will continue residing at Rideau Cottage on the Rideau Hall grounds in Ottawa. While Sophie will move to a different residence in the city, she intends to be a frequent presence at Rideau Cottage.

Although rumors about their marriage had circulated in Ottawa for several years, any discord in their personal relationship never made headlines.

Justin Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau share a moment on stage. CANADA”

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