First day of the rest of your life! A beaming Chirlane McCray gives a solo interview after announcing the split from former New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, as she says they still have a “very deep bond” and their children were “a little bit sad” about the end of the marriage.
- McCray spoke to reporters outside the home the couple continue to share in Park Slope, Brooklyn on Wednesday.
- It came after they announced their separation through a lengthy interview with the New York Times.
Former New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, seemed relaxed and happy when she spoke for the first time after announcing their separation.
Speaking outside the home the couple will continue to share in Park Slope, Brooklyn, on Wednesday, McCray, 68, insisted he has “a very deep bond” with the politician-turned-Harvard educator.
The couple, who will continue to share the family home and have no plans to divorce, have two adult children who McCray said were “a little bit sad” at the news of the separation.
In an interview published in the New York Times on Wednesday, she said she was excited about the prospect of dating again.
McCray previously identified as a lesbian but described de Blasio, 62, as her soul mate. The couple married in 1994.
McCray appeared relaxed and cheerful as she told reporters she believed her “love affair” with de Blasio and their recent amicable separation, while continuing to live in the same house, could provide a “model” for other couples.
The couple married in 1994 in a Prospect Park ceremony officiated by two gay men, but announced their separation after 27 years of marriage.
McCray appeared relaxed and cheerful as she told reporters that she believed her story could provide a “blueprint” for other couples.
“It was a big change for us, but Bill and I are still very much in love,” she said. “We made this decision together and I think it’s the right decision for us to start this new chapter in our lives.”
When asked how his future will turn out, McCray, who was wearing a flowing yellow vest and had his hair tied back, said: ‘That’s what we’re finding out.
“It’s one thing to make a decision, it’s another thing to figure out how it plays out and we’ll talk about that in the coming months.”
“I hope we can be a model for how couples can honestly communicate about what their needs are and how to behave when they find out it’s time to move in a different direction,” McCray added. I think that’s important.
“There is a very deep bond between us: we have been together for almost 32 years, serving shoulder to shoulder on the City Council and even before that.
‘We have raised a beautiful family, our family comes first. We just want to get on with our lives as public people.
She added that her children, Chiara, 25, and Dante, 26, were “a little sad but very positive” about the split.
“They know that we love each other and that we will continue to spend time together,” he said.