Justin Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire's Love Story Is Almost Normal — Almost
They are the best thing to happen to glam ruling couples since Barack and Michelle Obama — youthful, in love, and with beautiful children, the picture-perfect family — and their love story is surprisingly normal. And yet, at the same time, it totally isn't.
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The couple have actually known each other since they were kids. Sophie was a classmate and friend of Justin's younger brother Michael (who died in an avalanche in 1998) and often played at the Trudeau family home.
They grew up and their lives took them in different directions, Trudeau's especially, as the son of a prime minister himself, until fate brought them back together at a ball, of all places. Can you say "fairy tale"? In June 2003, they both worked on the Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix ball, a fundraiser for the Starlight Children's Foundation, and at the event Sophie re-introduced herself.
"We laughed, we joked and there was a definite chemistry between us," Trudeau told Maclean's magazine in 2005.
The next morning, he had a lovely email from Sophie waiting for him — and he totally blew her off.
Trudeau claimed he was in a "socially active phase" at the time (translation: man-whoring around) and preferred to keep up the action rather than even contemplate the idea of actually dating just one woman.
"I got the email," he said, "and I said, 'Nice. OK. Good.' And I didn't answer it. I didn't delete it, I just decided, 'No, I'm better off not starting anything that I'm not willing to go through with.'"
Fast forward a few months, and they bumped into each other on the street. She was cordial but cold; he chased her down and asked for her number. And do you want to know what this woman said? To super-hunk Justin Trudeau? She said if he had saved her email, he'd have her number.
That is how you land a player in 10 seconds. Because he came running.
Turns out he did still have the email, they went out on their first date, and literally that night they decided they were destined for each other.
"I looked at her," he told Maclean's, "and I just felt this strength and peace come over me. And I said, 'Well, it's about time you arrived. It's been 32 years and I was beginning to think you would never show up. I've been waiting for you all my life. You're it!' I knew it right then and I announced to her that we would be spending the rest of our lives together.
"We both burst into tears because we're both such big sensitive souls," he said. "Big tender hearts."
Yadda yada yadda. Fast forward a year and he staged a proposal fit for a princess. First, a couples massage at the Hotel Le St-James in Montreal, then Champagne and oysters in the Royal Suite where, surrounded by candles and rose petals, he asked her to marry him.
They wed in a smallish but definitely lavish ceremony in 2005, and they now have three children together: Xavier James, Ella-Grace Margaret and Hadrien Grégoire Trudeau.
Sophie, who has worked in advertising, as an entertainment reporter and a personal shopper, of course eventually became the first lady of Canada when Justin was elected in 2015. She now focuses her efforts on charitable outreach while Justin makes the daughters and wives of other world leaders swoon with his good looks and feminism.
And that is how you do love, ruling class style.
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