We often only think about political leaders and their wives as public figures, but they all lead private lives. They also all started out as regular kids before becoming known worldwide. That's especially true for Justin Trudeau's wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, whose childhood in Montreal, Quebec was relatively normal.
Sophie was born on Apr. 24, 1975 to Jean Grégoire and Estelle Blais, a stockbroker and nurse, respectively. Grégoire Trudeau grew up as an only child, first living in Sainte-Adèle and moving to the Mount Royal area of Montreal at age four. "Growing up an only child, I was both a social creature, who made friends easily, but also enjoyed the solitude," Grégoire Trudeau said in a 2011 interview with Erica Diamond.
In the same interview, she spoke about her social tendencies, saying, "I was comfortable hanging out with the boys, just as much as the girls." She also touched on her penchant for shaking things up. "I was mischievous, but a good mischievous," she said. "Almost good trouble, not bad trouble."
Early on in her life, Grégoire Trudeau developed a love of the outdoors. "I literally lived in nature 'til I was four, living way north of the city," she told Erica Diamond. "My parents instilled in me a love and connection to nature that I still feel very connected to today."
During her childhood, Grégoire Trudeau was actually friends with Justin Trudeau's younger brother, Michel, who tragically passed away in 1998 during an avalanche. In a 2005 interview with Maclean's, Grégoire Trudeau recalled going over to the Trudeau household as a kid. "They had a really cool pool with a trapeze and ropes and we could play Tarzan for hours."
Of course, during that time she also knew Trudeau, but their age difference kept them from being too familiar. "Justin and I are four years apart — when you’re 12 and 16, it’s worlds away," Grégoire Trudeau told Erica Diamond. "I always thought he was handsome though."
In her teenage years, Grégoire Trudeau suffered from bulimia, a topic that she has always been outspoken about. She told Erica Diamond, "I was very conscious of it. I read about bulimia, and I knew I was suffering from it."
In a 2008 speech at a conference by the Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association in Windsor, Grégoire Trudeau spoke frankly about her experience. "It creates a vicious circle, and your identity and your notion of self is completely distorted," she said, according to the Windsor Star.
Grégoire Trudeau has used her childhood experiences to try and help others, becoming an ambassador for Plan Canada’s "Because I am a Girl" campaign and taking part in a number of causes pertaining to mental health and self-esteem.