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.
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.