DENVER - NOVEMBER 2: Governor-elect John Hickenlooper kisses his wife Helen Thorpe as he takes the stage at the Marriortt City Center November 2, 2010 in downtown Denver, Colorado. U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) was running ahead of Republican challenger Ken Buck for U.S. Senate in early results while Hickenlooper defeated Republican challenger Dan Maes. (Photo by Matt McClain/Getty Images)
The governor and his wife, the writer Helen Thorpe, issued the following statement:
"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."
Hickenlooper says he will be moving into the governor's mansion, but he will also continue to spend time at their family home with their son.
The couple said they sought marital counseling before making their decision. They didn't state a reason for the separation but said neither had an affair and pointed out that the split had nothing to do with the tragic events Colorado has experienced lately.
Hickenlooper, Thorpe and their son will take their annual vacation together this week as planned.
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