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Mayor publicly takes blame for failed marriage

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took the blame Monday for the end of his 20-year marriage but declined to comment on the prospect of another woman.
Antonio Villaraigosa
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speaks to the media about the end of his 20-year marriage on Monday in Los Angeles.Nick Ut / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took the blame Monday for the end of his 20-year marriage but declined to comment on the prospect of another woman.

“That is a private matter,” a sullen Villaraigosa told reporters at a brief, standing-room-only news conference at City Hall.

“While the public has a right to know about this change in our status as a family, I’m not going to entertain questions about our personal, private lives,” he said.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and his wife Corina attend an interfaith service in Los Angeles before his inauguration in this July 1, 2005 file photo. Villaraigosa announced June 8, 2007 that he and his wife have separated. REUTERS/Al Seib/Pool (UNITED STATES)Al Seib / X80003

The mayor announced last week that he and his wife, Corina, were separating after more than 20 years of marriage.

Villaraigosa will temporarily move back to his Mount Washington home while his wife and their two teenage children remain at Getty House, the city’s official mayoral residence.

When the pair married in 1987, they merged their last names — his “Villar” and her “Raigosa.” According to his office, he will not change his last name.