Sophie Gregoire Trudeau is a public speaker, humanitarian and former television host. She is also popular for being the wife of the Canadian politician, Justin Trudeau who became the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada on November 4, 2015. She is actively involved in charity and has worked mostly as a spokesperson for globally famous humanitarian organisations such as WaterCan. The Canadian First Lady uses her public position to speak and fight for numerous causes.
Meanwhile, as the wife of Canada’s most attractive and second youngest Prime Minister, she has garnered much fame, with a lot of people wanting to know more about her. Without a doubt, Sophie and Justin make a very stylish and glamorous couple.
Here, we bring you the biography and other interesting facts about Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, Justin Trudeau’s wife.
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau – Bio, Age
Sophie Gregoire was born on 24th April 1975 in Sainte-Adèle, North-West of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She is the only child of her parents – Estelle Blais, a stockbroker and Jean Gregoire, a nurse. When she was four, her family left Sainte-Adèle for Mount Royal, a suburb in Montreal.
Sophie had a happy childhood. Growing up, she participated actively in sports and outdoor games and also made friends easily. Bulimia Nervosa, an eating disorder, however, marred the happiness towards her late teenage years. The illness affected her from the age of seventeen into her early twenties. Fortunately, she recovered but it took her two long years to do so. The experience is significantly instrumental to her present philanthropic life as well as her working with eating disorder charities such as Sheena’s Place and BACA.
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau attended Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie, a private high school in Outremont, Quebec. On finishing high school, she proceeded to the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, and subsequently to McGill University to pursue a degree in Commerce with the aim of following her father’s business footsteps. She, however, dropped the course when she realized it wasn’t for her and instead, enrolled at the University of Montreal where she earned a Bachelor in Communications.
Following her graduation from the university, Sophie got a job as an office assistant and receptionist at an advertising company. She spent three years with the firm, rising to the rank of an account manager, and working in various departments including advertising, public relations, and sales. She then left the job and enrolled at the School of Radio and Television Promedia in Montreal, desiring to pursue a career in broadcasting. On completing her studies, she got a job in a news house where her duty was to write news tickers. She later got better employment at LCN as an entertainment reporter on the channel’s daily Showbiz program.
In addition, Sophie worked part-time on Salut Bonjour Weekend, TVA’s Bec et Museau and Clin d’œil. She also worked as the host of Canal Évasion’s Escales de Rêves and Canal Z’s Teksho. Sophie Gregoire Trudeau contributed to Radio-Canada’s Coup de Pouce as well, and co-hosted CKMF Radio’s morning shows.
In 2005, Sophie Gregoire left LCN for CTV where she became the Quebec correspondent for the network’s entertainment news show, eTalk; with her work majorly covering celebrity activism and philanthropy.
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau’s Philanthropy
The exposure Sophie got at eTalk introduced her to many charities, eventually turning her into a humanitarian and activist. Thenceforth, she started participating in a lot of humanitarian services, usually serving as spokesperson or host at charity events.
Some of the charities she has worked with include La Maison Bleue, Dove’s “Pay Beauty Forward” campaign and Self-Esteem Fund, Girls for the Cure, the Women’s Heart and Stroke Association, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Mental Health Association, and WaterCan which has her mother-in-law, Margaret Trudeau, as its honorary president.
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau is currently the official spokesperson for “The Shield of Athena” as well as the national ambassador for “Because I am a Girl”.
Meeting and Marrying Justin Trudeau
Sophie Gregoire and Justin Trudeau knew each other right from childhood. It happened that Sophie and Justin’s younger brother, Michel (who later died in 1998 in an avalanche) were classmates when she schooled in Mount Royal. However, nothing happened between Sophie and Justin until they became adults. They eventually became friends while co-hosting a fundraiser for the Starlight Children’s Foundation in June 2003 and started off a relationship some months later.
The pair later got engaged in 2004. They subsequently tied the knot on 28th May 2005 at the Sainte-Madeleine d’Outremont Church, Montreal. The wedding was a grand occasion, with its reception party held at the Montreal hotel Le St-James.
The couple has three children together – a boy and two girls namely: Xavier James, Ella-Grace Margaret, and Hadrien Grégoire. Xavier was born on October 18, 2007, Ella arrived on February 5, 2009, and Hadrien followed on February 28, 2014.
The first family of Canada currently lives at the Rideau Cottage in the country’s capital, Ottawa.
Facts About Justin Trudeau’s Wife
1. Sophie Gregoire Trudeau is a versatile personality. In the languages, she speaks English, Spanish and French fluently. She is also good in the arts, having skills in painting, singing and playing the guitar. Sophie is a certified yoga instructor starting from 2012 and also possesses dancing skills, specifically in jazz, ballet and African dance. Her favourite sporting activities include biking, skiing, and canoeing.
2. She got a standing ovation from her audience after singing a song she composed titled “Smile Back At Me” at the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr.’s memorial held in Ottawa.
3. Sophie and her husband are feminists. She, however, received massive backlash following her 2017 International Women’s Day Instagram post which urged women to celebrate their “boys and men” on the occasion.
4. In October 2006, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau’s WaterCan charity mission with her mother-in-law to Ethiopia was documented in a 2007 CTV program titled “A Window Opens: Margaret and Sophie in Ethiopia”.
5. She once worked as a personal shopper for the high-end departmental store, Holt Renfrew in the mid-2000s.