The former Vice President Al Gore, and his wife Tipper Gore announced Tuesday, June 1 that they are separating.
Al, 62 years old and Tipper, 61 years old, have been married for 40 years and have four children.
In a statement obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday, Al and Tipper Gore said, “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.”
This announcement comes only two weeks after their 40th wedding anniversary and just 10 years after their famous, passionate kiss at the 2000 Democratic convention.
“In Vice President Al Gore’s campaign to change his robotic image, nothing may have helped more than the big smooch,” the New York Times wrote at the time. “Mr. Gore stepped on stage at the Democratic Convention on Thursday and greeted his wife, Tipper, with a quick embrace and a kiss on the lips. But instead of letting go, as nice politicians are supposed to, he wrapped her tighter in his arms, closed his eyes and gave her a full-mouthed kiss that lasted a exceptionally long time.”
“For those of us who have watched political couples over the years, this is sad,” CNN senior political analyst Gloria Borger said. “They are a real couple.”
There have been no rumors of scandal or affairs. The couple seems to have simply grown apart. As they have begun working on separate projects over the recent years their lives have become more separate.
After losing the Presidential Election in 2000, Al Gore became active in environmental causes and has pursued business interests. He also wrote a best-selling book about global warming called “An Inconvenient Truth.” He won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his efforts in raising public awareness of threats posed by climate change.
Al and Tipper met at his senior prom in 1965 and married five years later in May of 1970.