Michael Gove and wife Sarah Vine agree to separate and finalise divorce –new statement

Michael Gove outlines when family and friends can hug again

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The high-profile couple married in October 2001 but have decided to end their relationship and are “in the process of finalising their divorce”. Their spokesman told the PA news agency: “Michael and Sarah have agreed to separate and they are in the process of finalising their divorce.

“They will continue to support their two children and they remain close friends.

“The family politely ask for privacy at this time and will not be providing any further comment.”

Ms Vine, a columnist for the Daily Mail, wrote last week, in a piece about former health secretary Matt Hancock’s resignation, about how Westminster life can drive a wedge between partners.

A friend of the couple said: “This is a difficult and sad decision for Michael and Sarah after twenty years of marriage.

“It is an entirely amicable separation and there is no-one else involved.

“They have drifted apart over the past couple of years but they remain friends.

“Their absolute priority is the children.”

 

Mr Gove, the Tory MP for Surrey Heath, met his wife in 1998, when he was comment editor at The Times and she was arts editor.

The couple married three years later, and have two children – a daughter born in 2003 and a son born in 2004.

The family home is in Earls Court.

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