"Karl Rove and his wife, Darby, were granted a divorce last week," family spokeswoman Dana Perino told Politico. "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."
Rove served as a senior adviser and deputy chief of staff for former President George W. Bush until 2007. A family friend told Politico that Rove's marriage fell under incredible stress during his time working in the Bush administration. The adviser was credited for crafting Mr. Bush's successful presidential campaign bids but came under scrutiny during investigations of the politically motivated firings of U.S. attorneys.
Rove's memoir, "Courage and Consequence," is slated for release on March 9, 2010.