Eliot Spitzer and wife separate after 26 years of marriage.
Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer, who resigned from office in 2008 after being ousted for his involvement with prostitutes, announced late Tuesday in a joint statement with his wife, Silda Spitzer, that they have ended their 26-year marriage.
“We regret that our marital relationship has come to an end, and we have agreed not to make any other public statement on this subject,” spokesperson Lisa Linden said in a statement released on behalf of the former couple.
The couple first met at Harvard Law School, and were considered to be a powerful pair up until he abruptly resigned from his position as governor amid a prostitution scandal. Mr. Spitzer comes from a wealthy real estate family while Ms. Spitzer is a former corporate lawyer.
The couple has three grown children – Elyssa, 24, Sarabeth, 21, and Jenna, 19 – but have been living apart for some months now. The couple first married in 1987. In the past few weeks the New York Post has been actively tracing the 54-year-old Spitzer’s current relationship with former campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith, who’s now working for newly elected New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio per People Magazine. They have been living in separate apartments for months.
Silda Spitzer, 55, stood by her husband’s side throughout it all, with his political ambitions during his campaigns for state attorney general and governor. She was even there in 2008 when he famously admitted that he paid prostitutes for sex.
The news for many does not come as a surprise after the scandalous admittance.
The Post has said that the Spritzers’ are with a whopping $1 billion.
Earlier in the year Spitzer lost a bid in the Democratic primary to become New York City comptroller. Before that he had a short-lived stint as a TV commentator.