CANADA’S trendy Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has charmed liberals across the globe with his winsome smile and right-on policies.
But while the photogenic world leader is seemingly never far from our screens, you might not be quite so familiar with his wife, Sophie Gregoire – here’s the lowdown…
Sophie Gregoire married the Canadian PM Justin Trudeau in 2005[/caption]
Who is Sophie Gregoire and what does she do?
Sophie Gregoire was born on April 24, 1975, in Montreal, the daughter of a stockbroker and a nurse.
Although she had a happy childhood, in her late teens she suffered from bulimia, a condition she battled until her early 20s.
In 2017, she told an event at Canada’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week: “The moment I started sharing my story, obviously I had begun on my road to recovery.
“The response and the people who were opening up towards their own struggles to me and to other people around them was the most beautiful gift I’ve ever received.”
Gregoire was a successful entertainment reporter on Canadian TV[/caption]
After graduating from the University of Montreal with a BA in communications, she worked in advertising, PR and sales for three years.
However, she retrained in radio and TV, and went on to become an entertainment reporter on Quebec TV station LCN.
Gregoire was a reporter on Canadian entertainment show eTalk from 2005 until 2010, focusing on celebrities’ charity work.
The 43-year-old is involved in a wide range of charitable causes herself, supporting philanthropic projects from eating disorders to vulnerable pregnant women.
Gregoire and Trudeau now have three children together[/caption]
When did Sophie Gregoire marry Justin Trudeau?
Gregoire met Justin Trudeau, the future Prime Minister of Canada, when they were both growing up in Montreal.
They began dating after meeting again as adults in 2003, and were engaged in October 2004 before tying the knot in May 2005.
The Canadian PM paid tribute to his “wonderful” wife and “best friend” in birthday Instagram message this year, ending his post: “Here’s to another year of adventures together.”
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How many children do Sophie and Justin have?
Gregoire gave birth to her first child, Xavier James, in October 2007.
The couple have since welcomed Ella-Grace Margaret, born in February 2009, and Hadrien Grégoire in February 2014.
Canada’s first family lives in Rideau Cottage in Ottawa rather than the official Canadian PM’s residence 24 Sussex, which is undergoing costly, time-consuming renovation.