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. Diane

    I find this very sad!

    June 1, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. Ed

    Obviously she's as sick of his hypocrisy as the rest of us are.

    June 1, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. Janelle

    So sad.....even grown children don't want their parents to split up. I hate to see people criticize others without knowing them. Just because we see people on TV and read what is written about them, we don't 'know' them or what goes on at home. My prayers are with this family.

    June 1, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. Rob

    I think if you were to crawl inside the minds of most of our celebrities and politicians, you'd recoil in anger at the differences between their public faces and persona and the reality of exactly and precisely who they truly are. Bottom line: Too much money to need to work together anymore or to want to, let alone to remember when you were in love.

    June 1, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. Aunt Bee

    This is what happens to control freaks that want to regulate every aspect of your life through lies, manipulation and force. She led the attempted extinguishing of the first amendment, thinking she could regulate speech and morality in the music industry. He continues to push his man made global warming fraud that is as tired and lame as he is.

    June 1, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. Phil

    Tipper probably found out about his affair with the planet Earth

    June 1, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. Isee

    Did she finally have enough of his bunk too?

    June 1, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. JMR PhD

    Actually, Tipper didn't *lose* Al votes in 2000, but her Evangelical family values positions earlier almost certainly *helped* with moderate voters.

    June 1, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. 2bnfl

    Al is getting a lot of "exposure" during his long trips and work with global warming while Tipper just stays home and enjoys the bucks. I guess Al's exposure led to interest in "other" areas.

    Oh well...

    June 1, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. Ben

    seebofubar – "Her carbon footprint must be too large for him."

    LOL!! That is too funny!

    June 1, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. TLL

    When is the "tell all" book coming out?

    June 1, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. Carol

    Sad about the Gores. Sad too that as evidenced by the posts, some people do not have the capacity for compassion. There are times when there is no place for snarky comments. The end of a life or a marriage are two of them.

    June 1, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. cll

    Who can blame her. I wouldn't live with a habitual liar either.

    June 1, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. owhymesd

    Maybe she couldn't handle his unending quest to prove the existence of ManBearPig.

    June 1, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. Bill C

    I hear Monica L. Has recently become an intern for him. Maybe that has something to do with it.

    June 1, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. Concerned Citizen

    Godspeed, Mr. Gore.

    June 1, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. Capt. Snarky

    Maybe he'll be able to score on some of those Tree-Hugger babes now that he has his 9 Million dollar mansion to himself.......

    June 1, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. mike

    Hey Al,
    Don't you know divorced couples cause more for global warming than do married couples. Ha ha.

    June 1, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. Joe-Wilmington, DE

    Maybe the Gores should seek couples counseling from the Clintons. Now there's a rock-solid marriage based on mutual trust.

    June 1, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. JD

    This is GOOD start ! ! !
    Maybe now Al Gore and his Nobel Prize and Oscar can be separated.

    June 1, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  21. Glennis

    I always wondered how she put up with that bloviating windbag. I think he's too in love with himself to have anything left over for anyone else.

    June 1, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  22. Robert

    He found out she was having an affair with Man Bear Pig.

    June 1, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. Realleeeee

    Her carbon foot print was just too big for him and his pea-sized mind couldn't grow in reality due to global warming.

    It is bad and sad, 40 years, too bad they couldn't work it out. What could be so out of control that they couldn't work it out!

    June 1, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  24. kout

    Prediction: Al finds happiness in the arms of Rachel Uchitel and after US Weekly prints their torrid text messages, he enters Rehab where he and Lindsey Lohan meet over the fence that divides Sex Addicts and Alcoholics. They fall deeply in love and Al figures out a way to make her alcohol monitoring bracelet recyclable.

    June 1, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. Bill

    She will clean him out. He must be filthy rich after inventing the Internet.

    June 1, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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