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01/07/2013 09:11 am ET Updated Jan 07, 2013

Christian Wulff, Bettina Split: German Ex-President Separates From Wife (PHOTOS)

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Former president of Germany Christian Wulff has separated from his wife, Bettina, reports The Local. The couple's lawyer issued a formal statement to the Local confirming the separation, following a report published by German newspaper Bild earlier Monday morning.

The pair signed papers agreeing to a formal separation, ending their marriage of nearly five years. They have a 4-year old son, Linus, who is currently living with Bettina in Großburgwedel. Christian has moved out into an apartment in nearby Hanover, Bild reports. (They also have one child each from previous relationships.)

When Christian was elected in 2010, his 36-year-old wife was seen as a breath of fresh air. Young, pretty and tattooed (she's got a large tribal symbol on her right arm), Bettina was as glamorous a first lady as Germany had ever seen. But her husband's presidency was rocky and scandal-ridden; he resigned in February of 2012 over allegations that he'd received financial favors from rich acquaintances before becoming president.

Seven months after Christian's resignation, Bettina released a memoir about her time as a first lady, including details about the strains the presidency put on her marriage.

Now the pair have formerly separated just two months shy of their fifth anniversary. Read more details in The Local (or Bild, if your German skills are up to snuff) and check out pics of the stylish former first lady below.

See Bettina's style over the years:

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Bettina Wulff's Style Evolution

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