I never like to hear about a couple separating, and this afternoon I was surprised to discover that Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announced that he is separating from his wife, Helen Thorpe.

Governor Hickenlooper released this statment:

"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.

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