Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson and his wife Amy issued the following statement today:
"As people close to our family are aware, we recently agreed to separate. This is a personal and private matter for our family, and contrary to false rumours being spread online, it is a mutual decision that we made amicably and together. We appreciate understanding and privacy, especially for our kids."
Less than an hour after the mayor's office notified the media, Vision Vancouver issued a news release condemning the rival NPA for "spreading false rumours and personal attacks" on Robertson and his family.
Vision pointed to a June 16 email written by NPA vice president Rob Macdonald to the mayor and Coun. Geoff Meggs. The email made allegations about the circumstances surrounding the couple's separation.
Vision's communications manager, Marcella Munro, has called on the NPA's "presumptive Mayoral candidate", Kirk LaPointe, to "explain how this disappointing campaign of personal attacks represents the NPA".
Amy Robertson is known as the Bicycling Doula.
The mayor has said that one of the most influential events in his life was an 18-month sailing journey that he and Amy took across the Pacific Ocean more than 20 years ago. It was described in a 2009 Straight article by Daniel Wood.
They have four children, including one foster son.