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Mayor Tony, Wife, Separate

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We were just saying that because of the Paris Hilton drama with her calling out to her mommy and the tears and the live televised trip to the courthouse, that today anyone could announce anything else and no one would care or notice.

And just then we hear that Mayor Tony announced that he and his wife of 20 years are separating.

"Each of us loves our children more than anything in the world, and we are committed to working together for their benefit," [Antionio] Villaraigosa said in a statement. "I ask that the media and the public respect our privacy through this painful period of transition." A spokesman said that Villaraigosa was taking the weekend off but that he would be temporarily moving out of Getty House, the mayor's official residence in Windsor Square, next week. - LA Times

As you know, Mayor Tony was born Antonio Ramon Villar but merged his last name with his wife's who was born Corina Raigosa, so it will be interesting to see if he goes back to being Tony Villa.
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Update: Emmanuelle Richard writes in to remind us that Luke Ford called this back in January.
The mayor and his wife Corina haven't been seen together in public in about ten months (since the president of Mexico, Vicente Fox, visited in May 2006). Villaraigosa no longer wears his wedding band (not since the first week of September 2006). His wife does not live with him in the mayor's mansion (I don't think she's ever lived there with him).

Nice job, Luke!photo by noeltykay