Michael Gove and his wife Sarah Vane announced their divorce.
They have been married for 20 years since they got married in 2001. They have two children.
53-year-old Conservative Party Cabinet Office Minister Gove and 54-year-old journalist Vine disclosed their separation on Friday.
A statement representing the couple said: “Michael and Sarah have agreed to separate and they are finalizing the divorce process.
“They will continue to support their two children and they are still close friends. The family politely requested privacy at this time and will not provide any further comments.”
A friend of the couple said that the breakup is friendly and their first priority is still children.
The couple is said to have “parted ways” in the past few years.
The friend told PA: “For Michael and Sarah, who have been married for 20 years, this is a difficult and sad decision.
“This is a completely friendly separation, no one else is involved. In the past few years, they have gradually alienated, but they are still friends.
“Their absolute priority is children.”
Gove and Vine fell in love for the first time when they were reporters at The Times in 1999.
Only two years after they met for the first time, they tied the knot.
They continue to be one of the most striking couples in Westminster circles.
She wrote: “The problem with knowing your wife before you become the king of the world is that she sees through your appearance… She knows that, deep down, you are not the lord of the universe you claim.”
In her Sunday Mail column, she added: “The ministers are surrounded by people and tell them how smart they are. Their department treats them like feudal barons. Every whim of theirs is regarded as Law. No one has ever said no to them.
“How can you expect them to dump the trash can when they return home after finishing the day of saving the world? In contrast, family life can seem tedious and frustrating. So they start to avoid it. See how you From a happy marriage to the kind of person who was unfortunately caught by CCTV, there is no need to imagine a huge leap.”