“Being real is not a strategy. The way we are in the world is real,” declared Sophie Grégoire Trudeau during a recent sit-down chat and photo shoot with Chatelaine. Dressed in skinny jeans and an Aritzia blouse, the glamorous mother of three opened up to the publication about life in the public eye and how her world has changed since her husband Justin Trudeau was elected the 23rd prime minster of Canada on Oct. 19, 2015. “The pictures and dresses and official functions—that’s my job, but it’s not my whole life. I feel close to people, and their reality and my reality are not that different,” she insists.
The 40-year-old former TV personality revealed that her outgoing personality has suited her well for life under a microscope. “I’m an extrovert—a social being. It would be difficult to be in this position, I think, if I wasn’t like that.”
She also addressed how criticism and negativity has affected her since election night. “The negative things that can be said—I thought they would affect me more. They don’t. I mean, I’m not immune, trust me. But I know who I am and what I have to give.”
The Montreal native reserves a positive outlook when it comes to handling personal attacks, saying “Worrying about it doesn’t serve you as an individual, nor does it serve the country.”
And while some wives of political figures are given strict scripts to follow, Sophie insists she hasn’t had to adhere to any rules. “The team will tell you that I’m not being told what to say. But I also don’t think they have anything to worry about—except maybe a musical note here and there.” (Here, she is referencing the time she spontaneously broke out in song during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day service in Ottawa.)
For more with Sophie visit Chatelaine.com.