Governor John Hickenlooper is separating from his wife of ten years, Helen Thorpe. They issued a joint public statement today asking for privacy. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

The governor and his wife say neither had an affair and they’d gone through extended couples counseling before reaching their decision, one which they say was mutual and amicable. They say they remain close friends, and are going on a family vacation together this summer with their ten year old son. Hickenlooper will move into the Governor’s Mansion and says the split had nothing to do with the recent tragic events that Colorado has experienced.

Official release:

DENVER ­— Tuesday, July 31, 2012 — Gov. John Hickenlooper and his wife, Helen Thorpe, issued the following joint statement today, announcing their decision to separate:

“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.

“Our chief concern right now is the well-being of our son, so we ask everyone to respect our privacy as we make this transition. While public office made this announcement necessary, it will be the only statement we make on this private matter. We want to thank our friends, family, and community for all of the support you have shown us as a couple and as individuals, and for the support we know you will provide as we move forward.”

Both the Governor and Ms. Thorpe want the public to know that neither has had an affair, that they did seek extended counseling, and that this decision is unrelated to the difficult events Colorado has faced this summer. While the Governor will be moving into the Governor’s Mansion, he will also continue to spend time with his son at their private home.

 

Comments are closed.

News

Getty Images
July 21, 2017 | NPR · Worshippers who refused to pass through the metal detectors chose instead to pray next to them.
 

Getty Images
July 21, 2017 | NPR · Scientists plan to release millions of sterile, male bacteria-infected mosquitoes in California, to breed with wild females. They’re hoping for a “steep decline” in the species that carries Zika.
 

AP
July 21, 2017 | NPR · When it comes to sanctions, the Cold War never really ended. Even as President Obama lifted Soviet-era sanctions, he imposed new ones. President Trump could soon find a sanctions bill on his desk.
 

Arts & Life

Getty Images
July 21, 2017 | NPR · The state isn’t the biggest producer of the pink-orange fruit. So why are Georgia peaches so iconic? The answer has a lot to do with slavery — its end and a need for the South to rebrand itself.
 

Strand Releasing
July 20, 2017 | NPR · Don’t focus on the space-squid: In Mexican director Amat Escalante’s harrowing film, it’s only a device to expose and explore the rifts in his characters’ relationships.
 

Universal Pictures
July 20, 2017 | NPR · Meanwhile, Back at the Raunch: This tale of four women letting loose in the Big Easy hits familiar beats, but Tiffany Haddish’s “incandescently filthy” turn as Dina proves a revelation.
 

Music

NPR
July 20, 2017 | NPR · Albin Lee Meldau possesses a thunderous, deeply affecting voice, which he uses to tell some utterly dark, but demonstrably cathartic, tales.
 

Getty Images
July 20, 2017 | NPR · One of the lead singers of the band Linkin Park, which found great success in the early 2000s, died Thursday in Los Angeles.
 

KCRW
July 20, 2017 | KCRW-FM · The former Gossip frontwoman performs a track off her full-length solo debut, Fake Sugar, live for KCRW.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab