After 29 years of marriage, which helped propel Bill de Blasio into the mayor’s office, de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, are splitting but not separating.
Following the publication of a story by The New York Times in which she and De Blasio, 62, claimed they would continue to live together in the same Brooklyn townhouse while dating different individuals, McCray, 68, confirmed the split.
Together, they came to the realization that their love had lost its spark, as they told the newspaper in a joint interview.
It’s impossible to fake it, McCray added. De Blasio stated, “You can feel when things are off, and you don’t want to live that way.
According to McCray, the two spoke with the Times to quell rumors. As extremely visible figures starting a new chapter, she explained to the AP, “we thought it better to say all this openly before anyone tries to find negativity or before any misunderstandings occur.
McCray claimed that she and de Blasio “have only respect and admiration for each other, and a sense of wonder that we ever found each other to begin with.”
An inquiry for comment was not immediately answered by De Blasio. De Blasio, who was the city’s public advocate at the time, was an underdog in the 2013 Democratic primary for mayor but won, in part because of the sexting scandal that cost former U.S. Campaign for Rep. Anthony Weiner.
After serving two terms as mayor, Eric Adams, a fellow Democrat, replaced De Blasio.
Early in the 1990s, while both were working for Democratic David Dinkins, New York City’s first Black mayors, De Blasio, a white man, and McCray, a black man, were introduced.
Their mixed-race family gave de Blasio’s 2013 campaign a boost, especially after their teenage son, Dante de Blasio, appeared in a TV commercial pledging that his father would abolish measures like stop-and-frisk policing.
Throughout de Blasio’s two terms as mayor, McCray was by his side frequently.
She was given leadership of ThriveNYC, a mental health program that received criticism for its $1 billion price tag and lack of verifiable results.
She went to the brief announcement of his candidacy for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, but she admitted to the Times that she had her misgivings about it.