As reported by Denver publication Westword, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and his wife, journalist Helen Thorpe have announced their separation. In a statement issued by the Governor’s office, the couple claim the split is amicable.
“After years of marriage that have added tremendous love and depth to both of our lives, we have decided to separate. This decision is mutual and amicable. We continue to have the utmost respect for each other, and we remain close friends. We intend to continue functioning as a family that spends a great deal of time together. In fact, we will embark on our annual family vacation together this week, share meals often, and plan to spend holidays together. You can continue to expect to see both of us out in the community — sometimes together, sometimes solo. Please feel free to include both of us in social gatherings as we will not find it awkward.
Our chief concern right now is the well-being of our son, so we ask everyone to respect our privacy as we make this transition. While public office made this announcement necessary, it will be the only statement we make on this private matter. We want to thank our friends, family, and community for all of the support you have shown us as a couple and as individuals, and for the support we know you will provide as we move forward.”
The governor’s office took the statement a step further, adding the following to potentially squelch any further speculation as to the reasons for the marriage ending.
Both the Governor and Ms. Thorpe want the public to know that neither has had an affair, that they did seek extended counseling, and that this decision is unrelated to the difficult events Colorado has faced this summer. While the Governor will be moving into the Governor’s Mansion, he will also continue to spend time with his son at their private home.
More to follow on this story as it develops.