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Eliot Spitzer and wife announce separation

Eliot Spitzer, 54, and his wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, 55, announced late Tuesday that they are separating after 26 years of marriage, People reports.

“We regret that our marital relationship has come to an end, and we have agreed not to make any other public statement on this subject,” spokesperson Lisa Linden said in a statement released on behalf of Eliot and Silda Spitzer. The former New York governor resigned from office in 2008, following revelations of his involvement with prostitutes. The Spitzers remained married through the ordeal. Their announcement this week followed a report in the New York Post that Spitzer is romantically linked to Lis Smith, his former spokeswoman during his failed run for comptroller and mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s communications director.

Justin Bieber, taking a break from it all?


Singer Justin Bieber may be done with the music industry. . .at least for a little while. The 19-year-old singer abruptly announced his retirement on Twitter Tuesday night, writing: “My beloved beliebers I’m officially retiring.” The “Believe” star’s following tweet suggests that he is tired of the fame and criticism that comes with the spotlight. “The media talks a lot about me.They make a up a lot of lies and want me to fail but I’m never leaving you,”cq/his tweet he wrote. Finally, he wished everyone a Merry Christmas, concluding with “IM HERE FOREVER.” Earlier this month, manager Scooter Braun told Ryan Seacrest he thinks Bieber just needs a break from the spotlight. “I just want him to take some time to himself, so he can have that time alone cause he’s been working since he was 12 years old.”

’Tis the baby season

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg’s daughter, Georgina, gave birth Tuesday to Jasper Michael Brown Quintana, US Weekly reports. This is the first child for Bloomberg, 30, and her boyfriend, Ramiro Quaintana, 36.