Michael Gove, a key Cabinet Minister in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Cabinet, is separating from his wife of 20 years. A spokesman for the couple revealed they had “agreed to separate” and are “in the process of finalising their divorce” on Friday.
Michael Gove, 53, born Graeme Andrew Logan, met his wife Sarah Vine in 1998.
The couple met when Mr Gove was comment editor at The Times, while Ms Vine worked as the arts editor.
They were married in 2001 and went on to have two children, a daughter born in 2003 and a son born in 2004.
A joint spokesman for the couple revealed on July 2 they are separating and in the process of finalising their divorce.
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Who is Sarah Vine?
Sarah Vine, 54, is a British columnist who has written for the Daily Mail since 2013.
She was born in Swansea in Wales in 1967 and has a younger brother.
The journalist lived in Italy with her family until she was 16 years old after which she attended comprehensive schools in Hammersmith and West London before going on to study modern languages at University College London.
Ms Vine worked at The Times for 15 years, during which time she was promoted to arts editor.
She joined the Daily Mail in 2013 and earned the Columnist of the Year – Popular award at the Society of Editors’ Press Awards in 2019.
Ms Vine wrote a piece last week about the former health secretary Matt Hancock and how Westminster life can drive a wedge between partners.
In the piece, she wrote: “The problem with the wife who has known you since way before you were king of the world is that she sees through your façade… She knows that, deep down inside, you are not the Master of the Universe you purport to be.”
She added hours in Westminster can lead to politicians becoming disconnected from domestic life and partners.
Ms Vine wrote: “Ministers are surrounded by people telling them how brilliant they are. Their departments treat them like feudal barons.
“Their every whim is treated as law. No one ever says no to them.
“How can anyone be expected to put the bins out when they’ve just got home from a day saving the world?
“Domestic life can seem dull and dispiriting by comparison. And so, they begin to avoid it.”
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