Canadian President Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie have decided to end their 18-year marriage.
The couple said on Instagram that they came to the decision after having "many meaningful and difficult conversations". In a statement released by the Prime Minister's Office, it was reported that they both signed the legal separation agreement.
Canadian President Trudeau took office in 2015 at the age of 51. Sophie Trudeau is a former model and TV presenter. The couple married in 2005 and appeared together in the pages of Vogue magazine.
They now have three children, Xavier, 15, Ella-Grace, 14, and Hadrien, 9.
"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 two said on Instagram.
The children will continue to live with their father at Rideau Cottage in Ottawa for some time so as not to disrupt their routine, an official said.
Sophie Trudeau has been seen less often with her husband in recent years and has stayed away from the public eye. She rarely participated in official trips. The last time the two appeared together was at Canada Day events in Ottawa.
"They remain a close family, and Sophie and the prime minister are focused on raising their children in a safe, loving and collaborative environment," the statement from Trudeau's office said. "The family will be together on vacation, beginning next week."