June 1st, 2010
12:24 PM ET
4 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. Matt

    Tipper finally called Al the environmental equivalent of a war profiteer to his face.

    June 1, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Sandy

    More fresh meat for Bill.....
    Um..on second thought, he likes them young.

    June 1, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. ac

    I hope things go well for both of them, and their families. We should leave politics out of it.

    June 1, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Jayden,FL

    Wish both Gore's best of luck moving forward..

    June 1, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. John Galt Jr.

    You can only be married to a fraud for so long. His iceberg has shrunk too low and she needs a little global warming

    June 1, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. Carol

    This is very sad news. They did it with class, unlike others. I wish them the best.

    June 1, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. J Ross

    I agree this is sad news. Forty years of marriage, will all the ups and downs deserves a better ending. Regardless of political positions there are two parents, four adult children and several grandchildren with worlds forever changed. Shucks!

    June 1, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. TBone

    Love Story no more. Al must have a little chickie on the side!

    June 1, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. Barbara

    It warms my heart to see folks who are obviously not Democratic supporters sending well-wishes in a sad situation. You give me hope for a civil dialogue which is sorely needed. And for those who take a sad situation and use it for a 'bully' pulpit as some have done – shame on you, but God bless you all.

    June 1, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. jrc

    she probably slept with the lights on

    June 1, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. GW

    Big AL feels she emits too much carbor dioxide into the ozone

    June 1, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. Carolyn

    Climate change! A marital cooling instead of warming.

    June 1, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  13. BrentW

    Sometime in the next three weeks you will find out that one (or both) of them had an affair.

    June 1, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. Poppy Seed

    That sucks. Seems like he could use some global warming in his marriage.

    June 1, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. Michelle

    I guess she can't stand him either.

    June 1, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. Matt

    Maybe Tipper called Al out for being the environmental version of a war profiteer.

    June 1, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  17. Chris in Los Angeles

    Hope they both find happiness and are able to maintain a positive friendship relationship.

    June 1, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. LTOT

    Schadenfreude, a mischievous delight in the misfortunes of others.
    Had to look it up, RAG...
    But you're right. I love the Gores, and really feel bad for them.

    June 1, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. Frank

    careful discussion?..........look there has to be something going on...something very serious if not you work at it!
    it must be that he just got too "warm" for her!!!!!

    June 1, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. T.V.

    if you wanted it to be private, you shouldnt have contacted the press. announcement-FAIL.

    June 1, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. Kyle

    Now you see the havok Man-Bear-Pig is capable of wreaking! Excelsior!

    June 1, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. John

    I think Al realized he's Al Gore and can do better than tipper.

    June 1, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Maybe Al was getting some global warming from someone else?

    June 1, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. minehunter

    This gives Al more time to hunt Man Bear Pig. I'm serial

    June 1, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. Jacqui

    All joking should be set aside, this is their life and after 40 years its so sad that whatever their problems are, they couldn't work them out. It is more sad that CNN thought this was "breaking news".

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