Canada’s Justin Trudeau and Wife Separate

On Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in an Instagram post that he and his wife Sophie are separating.

“Hi everyone, Sophie and I would like to share the fact that after many meaningful and difficult conversations, we have made the decision to separate,” Trudeau’s message read.

“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,” it continued. “For the well-being of our children, we ask that you respect our and their privacy. Thank vou.”

The move marks the end of the couple’s 18-year marriage.

Trudeau (51) and Sophie (48) were married in May 2005 and have three children.

“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,” his office said in a statement. “They remain a close family and Sophie and the Prime Minister are focused on raising their kids in a safe, loving and collaborative environment.”

“The family will be together on vacation, beginning next week,” the statement went on to say.