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Kellyanne and George Conway announce divorce


Kellyanne Conway, who served as a top adviser to former President Donald Trump, and George Conway, a frequent Trump lawyer and critic, announced on Saturday that they were divorcing after more than two decades of marriage.

The Conways, who married in 2001, said they were in the “final stages of an amicable divorce”, in a statement shared on Twitter by George.

“We were married over two decades ago, cherish the many happy years (and four corgis) we shared, and above all, our four amazing children, who remain the heart of our family and our priority. absolute,” they wrote.

The Conways were a Republican power couple, but their politics began to publicly diverge with the rise of Trump. Although George Conway initially supported Trump for president, he quickly soured on him and became one of his fiercest critics.

George launched several of his broadsides on Twitter, where he amassed more than 2 million followers with his anti-Trump commentary. The fact that he was a lifelong Republican and married to one of Trump’s top advisers meant his critics drew extra attention.

In 2019, George, along with a small group of Trump critics, co-founded the anti-Trump Lincoln Project which worked against the president’s re-election.

Kellyanne Conway served as Trump’s campaign manager before joining him in the White House as a senior adviser. As her husband launched his anti-Trump attacks on social media, Kellyanne was one of the president’s most outspoken defenders in the media.

Conway left the Trump administration in 2020, ahead of the presidential election.

“Our four children are teenagers and tweens who are starting a new school year, in middle school and high school, away from home for at least a few months,” she said at the time. “As millions of parents across the country know, ‘homeschooling’ children require a level of attention and alertness as unusual as they are today.”

Around the same time, George also said he was leaving the Lincoln Project to spend more time with his family and take a break from Twitter.

When she decided to leave the White House, Kellyanne said that although she and her husband disagreed on many fronts, they were “united on what matters most: the children.”

In their divorce statement on Saturday, the Conways asked people to “Please respect our privacy.”

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.