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Helen Thorpe and Gov. John Hickenlooper. Photo: LA Times

Helen Thorpe and Gov. John Hickenlooper. Photo: LA Times

DENVER — Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and his wife, Helen Thorpe, released a joint statement Tuesday announcing their decision to separate from each other.

“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.”

In the press release, the couple says neither had an affair, they did attend counseling sessions, and the decision to separate is unrelated to the major events that have happened in Colorado 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,” the press release says.

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