June 1st, 2010
12:24 PM ET
5 years ago

Al and Tipper Gore decide to separate

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The Gores, shown here at President Obama's inauguration, have decided to separate after 40 years of marriage. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)

(CNN) - Former Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, have sent an e-mail to family friends announcing a mutual decision to separate, a longtime family friend told CNN.

"We are announcing today that after a great deal of thought and discussion, we have decided to separate," the message said. "This is very much a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration. We ask for respect for our privacy and that of our family, and we do not intend to comment further."

Gore spokeswoman Kalee Kreider confirmed the authenticity of the e-mail but declined to comment further.

The couple, married for 40 years, has four grown children and three grandchildren.

Al and Tipper Gore's dramatic kiss on the podium of the Democratic National Convention in 2000 was credited for giving him a more human image in his presidential run.

"The sheer carnality of the kiss - the-can't-wait-to-get-back-to-the-hotel-room urgency, the sexual electricity flowing south - was riveting," Time magazine's Lance Morrow wrote at the time.

CNN Senior Political Analyst Gloria Borger described the kiss as "one of the most memorable moments of the campaign."

"For those of us who have watched political couples over the years this is sad," Borger said. "They are a genuine couple."

Since losing the 2000 presidential race, the former vice president has been active in environmental causes, but he has also pursued business interests.

He co-founded Generation Investment Management, a company that promotes "a new approach to sustainable investing." Gore is also the chairman of Current TV, a cable and satellite television network he co-founded. He also serves as a director for Google and Apple Computer.

His best-selling book about global warming - "An Inconvenient Truth" - was the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary film.

After leaving Washington and returning to Nashville, Tennessee, Tipper Gore considered but decided against a run for a U.S. Senate seat in her home state in 2002.

Read the full e-mail below:

Hi,

We wanted to share this personal news with you because we care so much about you as a friend:

We are announcing today that after a great deal of thought and discussion, we have decided to separate.

This is very much a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration.

We ask for respect for our privacy and that of our family, and we do not intend to comment further.

Hope to see you soon.

– Al and Tipper

Updated: 2:38 p.m.


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soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. Memphiss

    Wow!!! That's sad.

    June 1, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Susan

    Ack, doesn't anyone stay married forever anymore? They've been married 40 years! Wish they could overcome whatever issues that seem insurmountable right now.

    June 1, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. db

    Never been a big fan of either of them, but this sort of thing is never anything but sad. We often bemoan the "loss of civility" in public discourse – this would be a good time to bring back a little. (Yes, this means you.)

    June 1, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. RAG

    That is sad. Whatever you think of the Vice President and his politics, any schadenfreude posted on this board is just small, mean and childish. Given the general level of discourse on this board, I expect a lot of it.

    June 1, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. JP

    May be Tipper can't stand with Al Gore's global warming lies any more.

    June 1, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. seebofubar

    Her carbon footprint must be too large for him.

    June 1, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. whitneymuse

    the pressures of advocating a false premise (Global warming) finally got to Tipper.

    June 1, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. A Kickin' Donkey

    Wow ... sorry to hear this.... my best to both Al & Tipper .... marriage is hard .... they both have persevered through ups and downs for 40 years and are to be commended for that.

    June 1, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. donnavirgilio

    This makes me so sad. They are good people.

    June 1, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. all the news that's fit to omit

    I'd like to congratulate Tipper for finally coming to her senses and dumping this loser who has never worked a day in his life and has NO GUTS to debate anyone that disagrees with his 'world view".

    Who wants to bet that Mr "Love story and Mr Internet" was cheating on Tipper, just like he has been cheating the liberal sheep into thinking this loser actually knows what he is talking about.

    Say goodnight Mr Lock box.............................

    June 1, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Does anyone stay together anymore?

    June 1, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. garry bidoul

    Sounds like the onset of a Mini Ice Age happening in the Gore household. Cooling, Cold, Frigid.

    June 1, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. DW

    I blame climate change!

    June 1, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. Sue

    No matter what you're political agenda, its sad to see this happen after 40 years, to anyone! There are never guarentees in life!

    June 1, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. TJ

    It's about time he lost that zero and got a hero....Who knows how many votes that crazy religious censorship fanatic nutcase of a woman cost him...

    June 1, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    What took her so long!

    June 1, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. Joe citizen abroad

    That is sad.

    June 1, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. Angus McDugan

    Well, I guess she is smarter than she lead us to believe.

    June 1, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. ANN FITZGERALD

    Makes sense that he notified family and friends of his separation by e-mail, after all, he did invent the Internet.

    June 1, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. JackJackerson

    This should hardly come as a surprise.

    Tipper's parents did put a 'Parental Warning' sticker on Al's forehead after she brought him home to meet them for the first time.

    C'est la vie.

    June 1, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. Rickster

    "Tipper Gore is known for her advocacy on mental health issues."..................Maybe she looked at all the signs and finally realized that she was married to a complete lunatic.

    June 1, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. Mike, Dallas

    Wow.. didn't see that one coming. I wish them both the best; and for all you people posting hateful stuff.. Keep your stupid comments to yourself. Especially all the negative "Global Warming" comments. You are IDIOTS..

    June 1, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  23. max

    is this news? there are much more important things going on. This is garbage news.

    June 1, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. Allie

    is it completely necessary to use such an unflattering photo of the two. I'm sure this is a tough time for the family, show a little sympathy.

    June 1, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  25. warren smith

    al ,,
    the grass is not greener on the other side

    you guys need to work this out

    June 1, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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