Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Wears Pink for 'Barbie' After Announcing Separation 

Justin Trudeau

The Canadian prime minister picked a side in Barbenheimer.

Justin Trudeau is picking a side in Barbenheimer

The Canadian prime minister shared a photo on Instagram of himself and his oldest son, Xavier, 15, posing in front of a Barbie poster at a movie theater, which he captioned, “We’re team Barbie."

The father-and-son duo twinned in pink to honor Greta Gerwig’s history-making $1 billion film, which is being widely hailed as a feminist masterpiece and a celebration of women.

Trudeau shared the photo days after announcing on social media that he and his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, are separating after 18 years of marriage. 

"After many meaningful and difficult conversations, we have made the decision to separate," Trudeau wrote on Instagram.

Sophie posted a similar message on her account. The couple has three children — 15-year-old Xavier, 14-year-old Ella-Grace and 9-year-old Hadrien. They asked the public to respect their privacy for the "well-being of our children."

According to a statement from the Prime Minister's Office, the Trudeaus have signed a legal separation agreement.

"They remain a close family," the statement said. "Both parents will be a constant presence in their children's lives and Canadians can expect to often see the family together. The family will be together on vacation, beginning next week."


The couple, who married in 2005, often supported each other in the public sphere. In a Vogue magazine article, the pair recounted how they knew each other as children when Sophie was in the same primary class as the future politician's brother, and then they met again at a Montreal charity event in 2003.  A few months later, the two went out for dinner, and at the end, they told Vogue, he said, "I'm 31 years old, and I've been waiting for you for 31 years."

Trudeau will be the first prime minister to go through a separation while still in office since his father and mother split in 1977. According to the National Post, then-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's wife, Margaret, left her husband — who was 29 years her senior — and three sons to move to New York City. She filed for divorce six years later.