Is Justin Trudeau's wife Sophie the most envied woman on the planet?
Justin and Sophie Trudeau's love story is straight out of a romance novel but it almost didn't happen
There are many who can't help but swoon at the thought of meeting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. However, he seems to have eyes only for one woman—his wife and mother of his children—Sophie Grégoire.
Not much is known about Sophie as her husband is usually the one hogging the limelight. So we did some digging. And as it turns out, there is a lot more to Sophie other than her being married to one of the most sought-after men.
Sophie is bilingual. She finished her B.A. in Communications at the Université de Montréal and studied Commerce at McGill University.
After completing an additional degree at the École de radio et de télévision Promédia in Montreal, she worked in sales and advertising before becoming a television and radio reporter.
"In my everyday life as in politics, what matters the most to me is how we connect with one another. That's why I want to encourage open and honest conversations — because when we help each other be authentic and real, we can help each other grow as individuals and as a society," the official website of the Liberal Party quotes Sophie as saying.
The website describes her as an "engaged advocate for gender equality" who has been involved with "a variety of causes as a speaker and mentor", including teenage self-esteem, women's and girls’ rights and freedoms, eating disorders and mental health."
She works as an official spokesperson for Plan Canada’s 'Because I am a Girl' initiative and the FitSpirit Foundation.
She has also been honored for her achievements including being awarded the 2013 UN Women National Committee Canada Recognition Award for her contribution to human rights.
In 2017, she was named as an influencer for the Deliver for Good campaign of Women Deliver.
On her personal front, her love story with Justin was the stuff romance novels are made of.
In a 2015 interview with Vogue, it was revealed that the couple first met as kids but because of their age difference, they didn’t speak much. They began flirting when they met again in a charity event in 2003.
Sophie sent him an email soon after but he did not respond.
At the time, he said he had a very good reason behind it. “I knew if I responded even slightly we’d wind up going for coffee, and that would be the last date I’d ever have in my life," he told Vogue.
As fate would have it, they bumped into each other in the streets and he finally got to ask her out on a date after apologizing for not having responded earlier.
Although Sophie was initially difficult to convince, she did eventually agree.
“I’m a dreamer and a romantic, and at the end of dinner, he said, ‘I’m 31 years old, and I’ve been waiting for you for 31 years.’ And we both cried like babies," Sophie told Vogue.
While juggling his presidential and marital duties has not been easy, Justin said that his marriage worked because they were partners in every sense of the word. “We’re more partners than my mother and father were ever able to be," he told Vogue.