Denver Post's Lynn Bartels has reported that Governor Hickenlooper and his wife, author Helen Thorpe, have decided to separate after 10 years of marriage. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Governor, Ms. Thorpe, and their 10-year old son, Teddy during this difficult time. The family has issued a statement about the separation:
"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.”
Both the Governor and Ms. Thorpe want the public to know that neither has had an affair, that they did seek extended counseling, and that this decision is unrelated to the difficult events Colorado has faced this summer. While the Governor will be moving into the Governor’s Mansion, he will also continue to spend time with his son at their private home.
So, please invite them both to your Holiday Parties, ok?