Boris Johnson, the former UK foreign secretary, and his wife Marina Wheeler are to divorce after two and a half decades of marriage, the couple said on Friday.
The two decided to separate “several months ago,” according to a statement.
“We have subsequently agreed to divorce and that process is under way,” they said. “As friends we will continue to support our four children in the years ahead. We will not be commenting further”.
It has been a tumultuous few months for Mr Johnson, a longtime British politician who resigned in July from Theresa May’s cabinet in a blaze of publicity after a row over how to proceed with Brexit. He has been an outspoken critic of the so-called Chequers deal in the weeks since.
Mr Johnson’s private life has long been a source of tabloid fodder — and a political problem for the prominent Conservative.
In 2004, then party leader Michael Howard sacked Mr Johnson from the Tory front bench for lying to him about an affair, but the episode appeared to have little effect on Mr Johnson’s personal popularity. He was subsequently elected, twice, to the prominent role of London mayor.
Additional reporting by Cat Rutter Pooley