After singers, actors and football players, it is now the turn of politicians in this summer of isolation. This Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that he is separating from his wife, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, after 18 years of marriage, 20 years of relationship and three children. His office has confirmed that there is a “legal separation agreement,” but they are not talking about divorce at the moment.
Both Trudeau and Grégoire have made the separation public through separate statements in English and French on their social media profiles. “Hello everyone. Sophie and I want to share that after many important and difficult conversations, we have decided to separate. As always, we remain united with the deep love and respect we have for each other,” Trudeau said. We will continue to be a close family and build on everything we have built and will continue to build on.” The brief text ends, “For the good of our children, we ask that you respect us and our privacy, thank you. One of the last times they were seen together at an official function was at the coronation of Carlos III in London in early May, when they entered Westminster Abbey and left hand-in-hand.
Trudeau, 51, who will turn eight in charge of Canada in November, and Grégoire, 48, met as children. She attended the same school in the Mount Royal neighborhood of Montreal, where she was in the class of her younger brother, Michel, who died in an avalanche in 1998 while skiing. Their paths diverged when it came time for their academic progress. Training; He first studied arts and literature, and then began (without finishing) engineering and earned a master’s degree in geography and the environment, eventually following in the footsteps of his father, Pierre Trudeau, a former prime minister of his country. Fully entered the world. about politics. Meanwhile, Grégoire begins to study business, following in the footsteps of his banker father, to make the leap into communications.
It was in 2003 when the two old acquaintances met again at a charity event and started dating a few months later. As she told Women on the Fence Medium in an interview, the crush was immediate: “On the first date, he looked me in the eye and said: ‘I’ve been waiting for you for 31 years. You’re going to marry me. Let’s start a family.”
Looks like Trudeau was right. They became engaged in October 2004 and married in Montreal in May 2005. He continued to make headlines on his political journey and for many years worked as a cultural and health reporter on both television and radio and most recently as one of the star faces of the entertainment television network CTV. In 2010 she quit her job and focused on philanthropy, specifically advocating for women and girls and also focusing on eating disorders; He suffered from bulimia as a teenager. The couple have three children, Javier, 15, Ella-Grace, 14, and Hadrian, nine. On Mother’s Day last May, Trudeau called his wife “one of the strongest, bravest, most wonderful” people he knew.
Throughout Trudeau’s public career, Grégoire has maintained a discreet media profile and focused heavily on the social issues he defends. This inconspicuous image has been common among the wives of Canadian prime ministers, who receive no position or salary. With one exception: Trudeau’s mother, Margaret Sinclair, who was married to Pierre Elliot Trudeau from 1971 to 1977 (divorced in 1984) and had three children, Justin, Alexander, and the late Michelle.
Margaret met Pierre when she was just 18 and he was already 47; She converted to Catholicism in order to marry him. The couple broke up after a huge media scandal. Margaret suffered from bipolar disorder and the children were left in Pierre’s care, although they eventually reached an amicable custody agreement. As Justin Trudeau pointed out on the occasion, his parents loved each other very much, but they had different ways of looking at life, the president being very focused on politics and duty, and above all The large age difference between them (Marguerite was 29 years younger than Pierre) eventually drove them apart. Margaret, who had affairs with Jack Nicholson and Mick Jagger and converted to Buddhism, remarried a real estate developer and had two more children; Pierre also had another daughter.