Vladimir Putin Is Getting A Divorce

Russia’s first couple is no longer.

Putin’s statement is at 1:29.

Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila announced Thursday that they are divorcing after nearly 30 years of marriage.

“It was our joint decision,” the Russian President said in a TV interview. He didn’t give any specific reason for the end of their marriage, only saying, “We practically never saw each other. To each his own life.”

Lyudmila’s explanation was short and to-the-point: “I don’t like publicity and flying is difficult for me.”

The news came as a shock to the nation and world — right before the announcement, they appeared together at a ballet performance looking quite happy.

2. See?

RIA NOVOSTI / Reuters

June 6, 2013.

3. They’ve always looked happy.

RIA NOVOSTI / Reuters

May 7, 2012.

4. So, so happy.

RIA NOVOSTI / Reuters

May 7, 2012.

5. Soooooooooooooo happy.

Alexei Druzhinin / AP

May 7, 2012.

6. Really happy.

POOL / Reuters

May 7, 2012.

7. Yep.

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8. Happy.

GRIGORY DUKOR / Reuters

March 4, 2012

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