Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (51) and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau (48) have announced their separation. “After important and difficult conversations, we have decided to separate,” the two said on Instagram on Wednesday.

“As always, we remain a family with deep love and respect for each other and for everything we have built and will continue to build together,” both write in identical statements – Justin in English, Sophie in French.

Mainly for the sake of their children, both asked that their privacy be respected. According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, Trudeau and Grégoire Trudeau “have signed a legal separation agreement,” reports Canada’s public broadcaster CBC. Canadians could expect to continue seeing the family together often. The family will be going on vacation together next week.

The couple married in 2005 and have three children together – Xavier, born 2007, Ella-Grace, born 2009, and Hadrien, born 2014. Justin Trudeau is a member of the Liberal Party and has been Prime Minister of Canada since 2015. The 51-year-old is the son of Pierre Trudeau, who was also Prime Minister.

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau worked for a long time as a television and radio presenter and, alongside her husband, campaigned for equality, among other things.

Sources: DPA; CBC