Former Bush adviser Karl Rove and his wife, Darby, of 24 years will divorce after 24 years.

A family spokeswoman, the former White House press secretary Dana Perino, said in a statement: Karl Rove and his wife, Darby, were granted a divorce last week. The couple came to the decision mutually and amicably, and they maintain a close relationship and a strong friendship. There will be no further comment, and the family requests that its privacy be respected.

A Rove family friend told Politico the couple spent Christmas together with their son and remain friends, FOX news reported.