Michael Gove divorce latest – Tory MP & journalist Sarah Vine 'separate' after 'drifting apart' ending 20-year marriage

Michael Gove divorce latest – Tory MP & journalist Sarah Vine 'separate' after 'drifting apart' ending 20-year marriage

MICHAEL Gove is splitting from his wife Sarah Vine after 20 years of marriage.

The couple have “agreed to separate” and are “in the process of finalising their divorce”.

Friends said the pair had drifted apart and there was no one else involved in the split.

The pair married in 2001 and have two kids, Beatrice, 18, and William, 16.

A spokesperson for the couple said this evening: “Michael and Sarah have agreed to separate and they are in the process of finalising their divorce.They will continue to support their two children and they remain close friends.

"The family politely ask for privacy at this time and will not be providing any further comment."

Read our Michael Gove live blog for the latest news and updates…

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    COUPLE’S ‘ABSOLUTE PRIORITY IS THEIR CHILDREN’

    A friend of the couple told the PA news agency that the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove and his wife Sarah Vine had “drifted apart”.

    “This is a difficult and sad decision for Michael and Sarah after 20 years of marriage,” the friend said.

    “It is an entirely amicable separation and there is no-one else involved.

    “They have drifted apart over the past couple of years but they remain friends.

    “Their absolute priority is the children.”

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    VINE SUGGESTED WESTMINSTER COMES BETWEEN POLITICIANS AND THEIR FAMILIES

    In a piece about former health secretary Matt Hancock’s resignation, Vine write about how Westminster life can drive a wedge between partners.

    In a revealing column, she said: “It is very hard to do these high-level, high-pressure, high-stakes jobs unless you have someone prepared to take up the reins in every other department of your life. 

    “But the problem is that inevitably sets you on different tracks. You become so entrenched in your respective roles that you begin to drift apart.

    “Westminster is a place of myriad distractions for the politician seeking refuge from his or her home life.

    “And when you feel disconnected like that, and because power is such an aphrodisiac, it doesn’t take a huge leap of imagination to see how you can go from being happily married to the kind of person who gets caught so unfortunately on CCTV. Hancock’s behaviour may be shocking, but given the context it is entirely predictable.”

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    SARAH VINE SAID TO HAVE BEEN IN WALES WITH CHILDREN AND FRIENDS

    Ms Vine is thought to have spent the past few days in Wales with children and some of their friends.

    In a podcast for Femail, released just yesterday, she spoke about how men let their “egos destroy their families”, but added: “I genuinely think that people have a right to live their own lives, however they want it, and should be allowed to make their own mistakes.”

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    WATCH: MICHAEL GOVE AND SARAH VINE END 20-YEAR MARRIAGE AFTER ‘DRIFTING APART’

    Michael Gove and Sarah Vine end 20-year marriage after ‘drifting apart’ but are ‘close friends’

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    "WORK AT IT TOGETHER OR A MARRIAGE WILL WITHER ON THE VINE" – KARREN BRADY

    Karren Brady commented: "What a few weeks the Prime Minister has had. A marriage, an affair and a break-up — though the latter two didn’t directly involve Boris Johnson but a couple of his senior Cabinet ministers.

    "Hot on the heels of Matt Hancock’s marriage split — following The Sun’s revelation of his affair with aide Gina Coladangelo — Michael Gove announces he is separating from his wife after 20 years.

    "This news is the last thing Boris would have wanted to hear after Hancock resigned as Health Secretary in the wake of his Covid rule breaking.

    "What any leader wants is stability. And what a strange and unstable time it has been in Downing Street. No one knows the reason why Gove and Sarah Vine decided to call it a day. But Boris may have known this bombshell was waiting in the wings."

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    MICHAEL GOVE AND SARAH VINE SEEN AS HUGELY INFLUENTIAL

    Mr Gove and Ms Vine are seen as hugely influential within the Conservative Party, with Ms Vine godmother to one of David Cameron's children.

    The two women are reported to have fallen out after Mr Gove's decision to back the Vote Leave campaign during the Brexit referendum.

    Mr Cameron was forced to resign after the UK voted to leave the EU.

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    WHO IS MICHAEL GOVE'S WIFE SARAH VINE?

    Ms Vine was born in April 1967, making her 54 years old.

    She is married to politician Michael Gove who was in the race to become Prime Minister before Boris Johnson took the role.

    According to her Twitter account, Ms Vine is an animal lover who is the "trustee of a charity which rescues puppies and dogs from all over the world and brings them to the UK for a better life".

    In 2013, Vine became a columnist for the British tabloid newspaper the Daily Mail. Some of her detailed accounts of her personal life have been controversial.

    She is also godmother to former Prime Minister David Cameron's daughter Florence and has spoken of her "close friendship" with the former PM and his wife which included many family holidays together.

  • Harvey Lindsay

    VINE SUGGESTED WESTMINSTER COMES BETWEEN POLITICIANS AND THEIR FAMILIES

    In a piece about former health secretary Matt Hancock's resignation, Vine write about how Westminster life can drive a wedge between partners.

    In a revealing column, she said: "It is very hard to do these high-level, high-pressure, high-stakes jobs unless you have someone prepared to take up the reins in every other department of your life. 

    "But the problem is that inevitably sets you on different tracks. You become so entrenched in your respective roles that you begin to drift apart.

    "Westminster is a place of myriad distractions for the politician seeking refuge from his or her home life.

    "And when you feel disconnected like that, and because power is such an aphrodisiac, it doesn’t take a huge leap of imagination to see how you can go from being happily married to the kind of person who gets caught so unfortunately on CCTV. Hancock’s behaviour may be shocking, but given the context it is entirely predictable."

  • Harvey Lindsay

    SARAH VINE SPEAKS OUT ON MATT HANCOCK SCANDAL IN COLUMN

    In her Mail On Sunday column, she added: “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. It doesn’t take a huge leap of imagination to see how you can go from being happily married to the kind of person who gets caught so unfortunately on CCTV.”

  • Harvey Lindsay

    MICHAEL GOVE AND SARAH VINE SEEN AS HUGELY INFLUENTIAL

    Mr Gove and Ms Vine are seen as hugely influential within the Conservative Party, with Ms Vine godmother to one of David Cameron's children.

    The two women are reported to have fallen out after Mr Gove's decision to back the Vote Leave campaign during the Brexit referendum.

    Mr Cameron was forced to resign after the UK voted to leave the EU

  • Harvey Lindsay

    SARAH VINE SPEAKS OUT ON MATT HANCOCK SCANDAL IN COLUMN

    In her Mail On Sunday column, she added: “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. It doesn’t take a huge leap of imagination to see how you can go from being happily married to the kind of person who gets caught so unfortunately on CCTV.”

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    GOVE IS SECOND CABINET MINISTER TO SPLIT FROM WIFE IN SPACE OF A WEEK

    It makes Mr Gove the second Cabinet minister to split from their partner in a week, after Matt Hancock left his wife Martha for aide Gina Coladangelo following the Sun’s revealing of their affair.

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    GOVERNMENT MINISTER MICHAEL GOVE AND WIFE SARAH VINE TO SPLIT

    Senior Government minister Michael Gove and his journalist wife Sarah Vine are to split after almost twenty years of marriage, a joint spokesman for the couple said.

    The high-profile couple married in October 2001 but have decided to end their relationship and are “in the process of finalising their divorce”.

    Their spokesman told the PA news agency: “Michael and Sarah have agreed to separate and they are in the process of finalising their divorce.

    “They will continue to support their two children and they remain close friends. The family politely ask for privacy at this time and will not be providing any further comment.”

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    CHLOE BURROWS' 'CLOSE FRIENDS AND FAMILY' THANK ITV FOR 'ACKNOWLEDGING THE EFFECTS SOCIAL MEDIA AND TROLLING CAN HAVE'

    Earlier this week it was revealed that the marketing executive had been receiving disgusting death threats from viewers.

    Today they took to her Instagram Story to show their appreciation to the telly channel for highlighting the seriousness of it.

    The length post stated: "As Chloe's close friends and family – we are very grateful to ITV for acknowledging the effects social media and trolling can have and bringing it to the public's attention.

    "We know that the team at ITV do their utmost to protect the contestants before, during and after the show. However – nobody can control what's said on the internet."

  • Harvey Lindsay

    WHO IS MICHAEL GOVE'S WIFE SARAH VINE?

    Ms Vine was born in April 1967, making her 54 years old.

    She is married to politician Michael Gove who was in the race to become Prime Minister before Boris Johnson took the role.

    According to her Twitter account, Ms Vine is an animal lover who is the "trustee of a charity which rescues puppies and dogs from all over the world and brings them to the UK for a better life".

    In 2013, Vine became a columnist for the British tabloid newspaper the Daily Mail. Some of her detailed accounts of her personal life have been controversial.

    She is also godmother to former Prime Minister David Cameron's daughter Florence and has spoken of her "close friendship" with the former PM and his wife which included many family holidays together.

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    WHAT HAPPENED WHEN GOVE WENT TO PORTUGAL?

    Michael Gove was accused of bending isolation rules after watching the Champions League final in Portugal.

    The Cabinet minister came under fire after he was pinged by Test and Trace on his way back from Porto — but turned up for work at Downing Street the next day.

    Aides insisted he was taking part in a pilot scheme that means he could stay at his desk provided he regularly tests negative.

    But shadow sports minister Alison McGovern said it was unfair Mr Gove would not have to self-isolate in the same way as ordinary fans who might also have received an alert.

    She said: “Doesn’t that sound like one rule for him and one rule for everybody else?”

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    MICHAEL GOVE AND SARAH VINE HAVE CHILDREN?

    The couple share a son, William, and daughter, Beatrice.

    But Gove and his partner have decided to part ways

    Friends said the pair had drifted apart and there was no one else involved in the split.

    A spokesperson for the couple said this evening: “Michael and Sarah have agreed to separate and they are in the process of finalising their divorce.

    "They will continue to support their two children and they remain close friends. The family politely ask for privacy at this time and will not be providing any further comment."

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    'DIFFICULT DECISION AFTER 20 YEARS OF MARRIAGE' SAYS FRIEND OF COUPLE

    A friend of the couple said: "This is a difficult and sad decision for Michael and Sarah after twenty years of marriage.

    "It is an entirely amicable separation and there is no one else involved. They have drifted apart over the past couple of years but they remain friends. Their absolute priority is the children."

  • Harvey Lindsay

    VINE SUGGESTED WESTMINSTER COMES BETWEEN POLITICIANS AND THEIR FAMILIES

    In a piece about former health secretary Matt Hancock's resignation, Vine write about how Westminster life can drive a wedge between partners.

    In a revealing column, she said: "It is very hard to do these high-level, high-pressure, high-stakes jobs unless you have someone prepared to take up the reins in every other department of your life. 

    "But the problem is that inevitably sets you on different tracks. You become so entrenched in your respective roles that you begin to drift apart.

    "Westminster is a place of myriad distractions for the politician seeking refuge from his or her home life.

    "And when you feel disconnected like that, and because power is such an aphrodisiac, it doesn’t take a huge leap of imagination to see how you can go from being happily married to the kind of person who gets caught so unfortunately on CCTV. Hancock’s behaviour may be shocking, but given the context it is entirely predictable."

  • Harvey Lindsay

    MICHAEL AND SARAH DRIFTED APART SAYS FRIEND

    A friend of the couple told the PA news agency that the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove and his wife Sarah Vine had “drifted apart”.

    “This is a difficult and sad decision for Michael and Sarah after 20 years of marriage,” the friend said.

    “It is an entirely amicable separation and there is no-one else involved.

    “They have drifted apart over the past couple of years but they remain friends.

    “Their absolute priority is the children.”

  • Harvey Lindsay

    MICHAEL GOVE AND WIFE SARAH VINE ‘FINALISING DIVORCE’ FOLLOWING 20 YEARS OF MARRIAGE

    Michael Gove is splitting from his wife Sarah Vine after 20 years of marriage, it was revealed last night.

    The couple have “agreed to separate” and are “in the process of finalising their divorce” after weeks of rumours swirling around Westminster.

    Last night, a spokesperson for the couple said: “Michael and Sarah have agreed to separate and they are in the process of finalising their divorce.

    “They will continue to support their two children and they remain close friends.

    “The family politely ask for privacy at this time and will not be providing any further comment.”

  • Harvey Lindsay

    DO MICHAEL AND SARAH HAVE CHILDREN?

    The couple share a son, William, and daughter, Beatrice. But Gove and his partner have decided to part ways.

    Friends said the pair had drifted apart and there was no one else involved in the split.

    A spokesperson for the couple said this evening: “Michael and Sarah have agreed to separate and they are in the process of finalising their divorce.

    "They will continue to support their two children and they remain close friends.

    "The family politely ask for privacy at this time and will not be providing any further comment."

  • Harvey Lindsay

    SARAH VINE RECENTLY WROTE ARTICLE ABOUT HOW POLITICS WRECKS MARRIAGES

    Michael Gove recently addressed his wife's searing account of how the temptations of political life can lay waste to years of marriage – insisting he "just gets on with the job".

    In what was a devastating attack on shamed cheater Matt Hancock, journalist and self-styled "Westminster wag" Sarah Vine used her weekly newspaper column to describe how the swagger of ministerial life can wreck a relationship.

    The Mail on Sunday columnist wrote that MPs get so addicted to the adrenaline rush of power they soon become bored of home life.

    But she added: "The problem with the wife who's been with you for ever is that she knows you're not the Master of the Universe."

  • Harvey Lindsay

    COUPLE’S ‘ABSOLUTE PRIORITY IS THEIR CHILDREN’

    A friend of the couple told the PA news agency that the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove and his wife Sarah Vine had “drifted apart”.

    “This is a difficult and sad decision for Michael and Sarah after 20 years of marriage,” the friend said.

    “It is an entirely amicable separation and there is no-one else involved.

    “They have drifted apart over the past couple of years but they remain friends.

    “Their absolute priority is the children.”

  • Harvey Lindsay

    SARAH VINE RECENTLY WROTE ARTICLE ABOUT HOW POLITICS WRECKS MARRIAGES

    Michael Gove recently addressed his wife's searing account of how the temptations of political life can lay waste to years of marriage – insisting he "just gets on with the job".

    In what was a devastating attack on shamed cheater Matt Hancock, journalist and self-styled "Westminster wag" Sarah Vine used her weekly newspaper column to describe how the swagger of ministerial life can wreck a relationship.

    The Mail on Sunday columnist wrote that MPs get so addicted to the adrenaline rush of power they soon become bored of home life.

    But she added: "The problem with the wife who's been with you for ever is that she knows you're not the Master of the Universe."

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