Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has separated from his wife after 18 years of marriage.

Justin Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire were married for 18 years (David Parry/PA Media Assignments/Pool via REUTERS) (POOL/)

Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoireannounced this Wednesday that They decided to separate after 18 years of marriage. The couple communicated their decision through their respective Instagram accounts.

Shortly after the announcement, Canada’s Prime Minister’s Office released a statement saying the two “have signed a separation agreement” to ensure they took “all legal and ethical steps with respect to their decision.”

The message published by the Canadian president on Instagram indicates that “after many deep and difficult conversations” the couple decided to separate.

“As usual, we remain a close family with a deep love and respect for each other and for all that we have done and will continue to do. For the well-being of our children, we ask that you respect our privacy. Thank you,” the message concluded.

Sophie Grégoire published the same text on her account but in French.

Justin Trudeau, 51, and Sophie Grégoire, 48, married in 2005 and have three children: Xavier, 16, Hadrien, 14, and Ella-Grace, 9.

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With information from EFE