(CNN) - Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and his wife announced on Tuesday their intention to separate.
"After years of marriage that have added tremendous love and depth to both of our lives, we have decided to separate," Hickenlooper and his wife, Helen Thorpe, said in a joint statement distributed by his office. "This decision is mutual and amicable. We continue to have the utmost respect for each other, and we remain close friends. We intend to continue functioning as a family that spends a great deal of time together."
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The two will "embark on our annual family vacation together this week," the statement said, as well as tend to "the well-being of our son."
The couple added that nether had been involved in an affair.
"Please feel free to include both of us in social gatherings as we will not find it awkward," the statement said.