Justin Trudeau considered leaving politics during 'difficult moments' in marriage to Sophie Grégoire Trudeau

In a candid new podcast interview, the 52-year-old politician said it's important to be "all-in" every day as the country's leader.

BORGO EGNAZIA (BRINDISI) ITALY - JUNE 13, 2024 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives at the Borgo Egnazia resort for the G7 Summit hosted by Italy in Apulia region. (Photo credit should read Marco Ravagli/Future Publishing via Getty Images)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he regularly checks in with himself ensure he's "all in" as the country's leader. (Image via Getty Images)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he considered leaving politics amidst marital issues with Sophie Grégoire Trudeau. The 52-year-old shared the candid admission during an interview with organizational psychologist and author Adam Grant for the podcast “ReThinking.”

When asked by Grant how often he thinks about quitting politics, Trudeau answered, “These days, not at all.”

“There was a moment last year as I was facing some difficult moments in my marriage, where I really wondered, OK, is there a path? And I just realized that that's not me,” the father-of-three said, adding that “there is still so much to do.”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 08: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada arrives alongside his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau to the Microsoft Theater for the opening ceremonies of the IX Summit of the Americas on June 08, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.  Leaders from North, Central and South America will travel to Los Angeles for the summit to discuss issues such as trade and migration. The United States is hosting the summit for the first time since 1994, when it took place in Miami. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he considered leaving politics during "difficult" moments in his marriage to Sophie Grégoire Trudeau. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

In March, Trudeau lightheartedly told Radio-Canada host Alec Castonguay that he thinks about quitting his “crazy,” and “super tough” job every day.

Trudeau clarified his comments to Grant, saying, “I think that's part of a process where if you're going to be honest about doing a job like this that has the responsibilities and the impact that it has, you have to check, maybe not every day, but you have to check that you're up for it, that you're all in every given day.”

The Prime Minister acknowledged that it's a great responsibility to serving 40 million Canadians and ensure he's doing enough to motivate his team.

TOPSHOT - Canadian Prime Minister and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau (C) watches election results with wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau and children, Xavier, Ella-Grace and Hadrien, at Liberal headquarters in Montreal, September 20, 2021. (Photo by Sean Kilpatrick / POOL / AFP) (Photo by SEAN KILPATRICK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau share three children: Xavier, Ella-Grace and Hadrien. (Photo by SEAN KILPATRICK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

"When you find a job that charges you up like that, where you are deeply excited about doing it, no matter how hard it gets, and aware of the awesome responsibility and impact that you get to have, then it's sort of intellectually honest to check in with yourself regularly," he said.

Trudeau and Grégoire Trudeau announced their separation in 2023 after 18 years of marriage. Despite their decision to restructure their family, the pair have been mindful to vacation and celebrate holidays together with their children, Xavier, Ella-Grace and Hadrien.

Although both parties have kept details surrounding their split private, Grégoire Trudeau told Yahoo Canada in April that it's an on-going, emotional process.

“It hurts,” she said. “But when you have love and respect for real, you learn that at some point, you have to set them free. But it’s hard. It’s hard. But still full of love.”

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