Vladimir Putin Divorcing Wife Lyudmila After 30 Years

Celebrity News Jun. 7, 2013 AT 8:40AM
Vladimir Putin Divorcing Wife Lyudmila After 30 Years Vladimir Putin Divorcing Wife Lyudmila After 30 Years Credit: Alexer Nikolsky/AFP/Getty

Vladimir Putin is about to become a bachelor again. After 30 years of marriage, the Russian president, 60, and wife Lyudmila Putin are divorcing, the couple announced in a TV interview on Thursday June 6. "This was a joint decision. Our marriage is over," the controversial leader said on state-run channel Russia 24, with Lyudmila standing beside him. Speaking frankly, he added: "We almost don't see each other. We have different lives."

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The couple married in July 1983 and welcome children Maria and Yekaterina in 1985 and 1986. Although her husband has been at the forefront of Russian politics for well over a decade, Lyudmila didn't enjoy life in the spotlight, she admitted.

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"I don't like to be in public, and it's hard to take (airplane) flights," she said in the interview. "We love our children a lot, we are proud of them and see them all the time." Lyudmila added that the breakup has been "civilized," and that she's grateful for her famous husband's support.

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A presidential spokesman said that divorce papers have yet to be filed.

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