Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau announce their separation on Instagram after 18 years of marriage.
“Sophie and I would like to share the fact that after many meaningful and difficult conversations, we have made the decision to separate,” said the statement released on Prime Minister Trudeau’s Instagram midday Wednesday.
“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.”
“For the well-being of our children, we ask that you respect our and their privacy.”
Trudeau and Gregoire Trudeau have been married for 18 years and have three children: Xavier, who turns 16 later this year, Ella-Grace, 14, and Hadrien, who is nine.
With the announcement came many commentaries. With Jordan Peterson being one of them. Jordan Peterson, a fellow Canadian took to Twitter and with a photo of Trudeau in a crowded public transportation train. Of the photo, he said, “Looks like Sophie might be getting the car.”
Might be getting
— Dr Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) August 2, 2023
Another posted a video on Twitter of an Awkward kiss between the then couple with the caption, “who could’ve seen this one coming.”
Sophie left Justin.
Who could have ever seen this coming? 🤣 pic.twitter.com/o4xPOTPCRx
— Bret 🍁 (@Bret_Sears) August 2, 2023
Many also commented on Trudeau’s Instagram announcement, saying “Canadians want a divorce too,” referring of course to him leading the country of Canada.
While there were many comments saying congratulations to Sophie Trudeau and taking a jab at Justin, there are also many comments that calls for spectators to stop leaving insensitive comments aimed at the Prime Minister. Brian Lilley, Political columnist for the Toronto Sun reminded everyone that Sophie and their children are not public figures, and therefore should be left out of the limelight.
Trudeau and his wife are splitting.
That’s the news.
Sophie and the kids are not public figures. Leave them out of it.
Trudeau and his policies deserve criticism, not his personal life. pic.twitter.com/UwsNUKYEzJ
— Brian Lilley (@brianlilley) August 2, 2023