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Inside Justin And Sophie Trudeau’s 20-Year Romance As They Split!

Justin Sophie Trudeau Love Separation: The past couple of months have seen a slew of shocking celebrity break-ups: Ariana Grande and her hubby Dalton Gomez called it quits after two years of marriage, Rosalía and Rauw Alejandro announced they were headed to splitsville last month, and Sofia Vergara and Joe Mangeniello are divorcing after seven years, to name a few.

And now, in perhaps one of the biggest shocks of all, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, 51, and his wife, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, 48, announced on Wednesday that they are separating after 18 years of marriage.

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In separate statements posted on Instagram, the pair said that they made the decision after “many meaningful and difficult conversations,” but that they would remain “a close family with deep love and respect”. ​​The couple has asked for privacy for the “well-being” of their three children, Xavier, 15, Ella-Grace 14, and Hadrien, nine.

A statement from the prime minister’s office said they both have signed a legal separation agreement. “They have worked to ensure that all legal and ethical steps with regards to their decision to separate have been taken, and will continue to do so moving forward,” it said.

Justin Sophie Trudeau Love Separation, their love story began way back in their school days — Sophie Grégoire was a classmate of Justin’s younger brother, Michel. Their paths crossed again as adults, and the pair began dating in 2003.

When Trudeau was first elected prime minister in 2015, Grégoire-Trudeau had a high public profile, meeting with foreign leaders, royals and charities and joining her husband on overseas trips.

However, the pair has been seen together less frequently in recent years, and have spoken about the challenges of long-term relationships. In a wedding anniversary post on Instagram in May 2022, Grégoire-Trudeau noted that they “have navigated through sunny days, heavy storms, and everything in between”.

From their first date in a karaoke bar to their A-list pals, here’s everything you need to know about Canada’s ex-first couple.

From a childhood first kiss to a karaoke bar first date

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The couple first started dating in 2003 after being childhood friends (Instagram)

The couple first started dating in 2003 after being childhood friends (Instagram)

The Montreal-born daughter of a stockbroker and a nurse, Sophie Grégoire first met her husband-to-be back in the pair’s schooldays, when she was in his brother Michel’s class at school. Grégoire-Trudeau recalls spending hours at the Trudeau family home.

She even remembers having her first kiss with Justin when they were both children. “They had a really cool pool with a trapeze and ropes and we could play Tarzan for hours,” she said to Maclean’s. “We would hide in the closet to have our first kiss.”

After growing apart, their paths crossed again when they met in 2003 as co-hosts of a charity gala in Montreal. ​​Grégoire-Trudeau told Vogue that what first struck her about Trudeau, who at the time was a panelist on CBC Radio’s Canada Reads series, was that “he had a really deep gaze”.

Grégoire-Trudeau was working as an entertainment TV reporter and the two hit it off, chatting and flirting into the evening. But when she sent him an email afterwards, Trudeau didn’t reply.

“I knew if I responded even slightly,” he told Vogue in 2016, “we’d wind up going for coffee, and that would be the last date I’d ever have in my life.”

When she didn’t receive a response, Grégoire-Trudeau dismissed the idea of dating Trudeau. But, a few weeks later, they ran into each other by chance. Trudeau apologised for his email rudeness, but Grégoire-Trudeau told Maclean’s that she played hard to get, refusing to give him her number and telling him to email her instead.

Trudeau emailed her that night, asking her on a date. After initially rejecting him, Grégoire-Trudeau finally agreed and the pair went on their first date to an Afghan restaurant, then to a karaoke bar, where they sang Elton John and the Beatles.

“I’m a dreamer and a romantic,” she told Vogue, “and, at the end of dinner, he said, ‘I’m 31 years old, and I’ve been waiting for you for 31 years.’ And we both cried like babies.”

While the couple were walking down the street after the date, Trudeau accidentally walked headfirst into a pole. “I thought, ‘Oh my God. You nerd!’ “Gré goire-Trudeau said. “And he kept explaining for 30 minutes, ‘Sophie, Sophie, I never do this.’”

‘I felt like I was a princess’ — an intimate, fairytale wedding

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On their wedding day (Getty Images)

The following year, after getting spa treatments at a luxury hotel in Quebec, Trudeau proposed. “I got down on one knee in front of the fireplace in this beautiful ornate room and asked her to marry me,” he told Maclean’s.

“He really went out of his way,” Grégoire-Trudeau said of the proposal. “There were candles and rose petals everywhere. I felt like I was a princess.”

They married the following year, in a traditional Catholic ceremony at Sainte-Madeleine d’Outremont Church in Montreal. As Grégoire-Trudeau entered the church, she told the crowd outside, “I’m the luckiest woman in the world,” according to CNBC news.

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‘I’m the luckiest woman in the world’ (Toronto Star via Getty Images)The ceremony was intimate, with the guest list limited to family and friends. “We knew we didn’t want to go the route of inviting dignitaries and prime ministers or anything like that,” Trudeau told MacLean’s. “For me, the guest list was either going to be under 200 or over 1,000 — and there was no way it was going to be 1,000.”As her husband became involved in politics, Grégoire-Trudeau’s career also began to transition. She became a yoga instructor and a public speaker, developing expertise in health and nutrition, as well as body-image issues — a topic close to her heart following her own long struggle with bulimia.



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The Trudeau family (Instagram)

“Time, maturity, therapy, self-knowledge, yoga, meditation, and babies — all this eventually brought me to a healing space,” Grégoire-Trudeau told Vogue.

For his part, Trudeau has praised his wife for helping him to be a better father, leader, and feminist. He told Vox in 2016 that he educates his children about gender equality by “showing that I’m attentive and respectful and very much in a partnership with Sophie as much as we are in a marriage.”

From Emma Watson to Meghan Markle — their A-list circle

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The Trudeaus with the Prince and Princess of Wales (Getty Images)

As well as rubbing shoulders with politicians, foreign dignitaries, and royalty, the Trudeaus also have their fair share of A-lister friends and admirers.

During a visit to Canada in 2016 to promote her HeForShe campaign, Emma Watson described her happiness at riding a Vespa around the Canadian capital with Grégoire-Trudeau. “Definitely a highlight of my year was meeting this person,” the 33-year-old actress captioned a since-deleted photo of the pair on Instagram. “Who picks you up on a Vespa before your meeting to personally show you why she loves her city and her country? It was one of the most free and inspiring mornings I have had all year — not what I expected from someone who is as busy as she must be.”

Grégoire-Trudeau responded, writing: “Emma, beautiful friend, you know how much I admire your path, dedication and hard work toward gender equality. You are a kind-hearted and generous soul! Until our next ride!”

Grégoire-Trudeau is also a close pal of Meghan Markle’s, appearing on her podcast Archetypes in November 2022. The pair met when Markle was filming Suits in Toronto. In the interview, Markle praised Grégoire-Trudeau for being a calming presence while she was facing a whirlwind of media scrutiny.

It’s also common knowledge that Trudeau went to school with Friends star Matthew Perry. In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel in 2017, Perry described an encounter he’s “not proud of” with Canada’s prime minister, saying that he beat up a young Trudeau when they were both children.

“I’m not bragging about this, this is terrible,” Perry told late-night host Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday. “I was a stupid kid.”

Justin Sophie Trudeau Love Separation, Trudeau’s father was the prime minister of Canada at the time. “But I don’t think that’s the reason we beat him up,” Perry noted. “I think he was the only kid in school that we could beat up.”

‘I’m not middle-class’ — Trudeau’s net worth and their 22-bedroom Georgian mansion

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High rollers: The Trudeaus have vast personal wealth (Getty)

Trudeau has spoken candidly about his personal wealth in the past, famously saying: “I’m not middle-class. I don’t pretend I am.” This is certainly true. He has disclosed that he inherited about $1.2 million from his father and earned as much as $450,000 on the public-speaking circuit. As Canada’s prime minister, Trudeau’s personal salary also adds up to $357,800 a year.

He may also stand to inherit money from his mother, Margaret Trudeau, who according to Celebrity Net Worth, is worth $10 million. He has described his family’s wealth, which dates back to the early 20th century, as a “lottery I won at birth”.

The family lives in Rideau Cottage, a 22-bedroom Georgian revival mansion maintained with public funds. Trudeau lived there as a child when his father Pierre was prime minister. “That’s one of the reasons that that house has gone into the ground since the time I lived there — is that no prime minister wants to spend a penny of taxpayer dollars on up-keeping that house,” Trudeau has said.

Justin Sophie Trudeau Love Separation, The Trudeau estate also inherited a family home in Montreal as well as a summer home in the Laurentian mountains.

‘Our marriage isn’t perfect’ — marital struggles and separation

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The Trudeau family pose at the Taj Mahal (Getty)

Despite a fairytale beginning, a few cracks began to appear in the pair’s relationship in recent years.

When Trudeau was first elected, Grégoire-Trudeau had a public profile, meeting with international leaders, royals, and charities and joining her husband on overseas trips. However, the couple has been seen together less frequently in recent years.

In a wedding anniversary post on Instagram in May 2022, Grégoire-Trudeau wrote about the challenges of long-term relationships. “You all know I keep things honest: long-term relationships are challenging in so many ways,” she wrote. “They demand constant work, flexibility, compromise, sacrifice, devotion, patience, effort, and so much more.”

Justin Sophie Trudeau Love Separation, Trudeau has also spoken about the challenges in their marriage, writing in his 2014 autobiography: “Our marriage isn’t perfect, and we have had difficult ups and downs, yet Sophie remains my best friend, my partner, my love. We are honest with each other, even when it hurts.”

On August 2, 2023, after 18 years of marriage and 20 years together, the pair shared the news of their separation.

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