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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  1. Beth

    Having just celebrated our 18th anniversary, this news breaks my heart! 40 years!! I can't imagine what problems could be so insurmountable that they could't be worked out, but then, none of us are in those same circumstances, are we?

    What is even sadder, though, is the mean-spirited comments being posted. The end of a relationship that has lasted 40 years - longer than some of the post writers have been alive - is heartbreaking. Show a little class, people, and for once, if you can't say anything nice, walk away from your computers and get a latte or something.

    June 1, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. Ramses

    Whatever happened to falling in love & until death do us apart? 40 years is too long to be married to a spouse and It is time for both of them to see something new, exciting, feel young again. The same spouse for 40 years, too boring. Move on kids. Al Gore has always was my role model. I need to have a chat with my spouse. Need to bring in some new blood. God bless America.

    June 1, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. BobTheLib

    Anyone notice that they are not splitting up because of marital infidelity? So maybe it is time that everyone acknowledges that the Democrats are the party with better 'family values', and not the cheating, closeted, fear-mongering Republicans...

    June 1, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    The woman hates Pink Floyd, can you really blame Gore for wanting to leave her?

    June 1, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. jack

    He was out hugging trees and not her.

    June 1, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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