Al Gore, Wife Tipper to Divorce

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In sad and unexpected news from the political world, former Vice President Al Gore and his wife Tipper Gore are calling it quits after four decades together.

The environmental advocate and his spouse have announced, via an e-mail to friends, that they are separating. Their 40th anniversary was just last month.

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"We are announcing today that after a great deal of thought and discussion, we have decided to separate," stated the e-mail, first obtained by Politico.com.

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

The Gores' brief, joint statement concluded: "We ask for respect for our privacy and that of our family, and we do not intend to comment further."

Married since May 1970, Al and Tipper Gore are splitting up.

Gore spokeswoman Kalee Kreider confirmed the statement came from the Gores, The Associated Press reports, but declined to elaborate on the matter.

Al Gore became the highest-profile advocate for environmental and climate change issues since losing the 2000 Presidential election by a razor-thin margin.

Tipper Gore is known for advocacy on mental health issues, and for an active role in the Parents Music Resource Center during her husband's time in office.

Al, 61, and Tipper, 60, have four grown children: Karenna, Kristin, Sarah and Al Gore III. We wish the spouses and their kids the best in this tough time.

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It certainly is not a failed marriage. They surely had many years of happiness, support and mutual interests. Is it just possible they are kindly parting ways knowing life is short and some things just aren't soldered together forever. I think it is commendable they are so respectful. Let them get on with their own lives and find their new path and happiness.

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Why would they divorce after 40 years?? Just stick it out after that long! They must REALLY detest each other to move on at their age

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to divorce after 40yrs of marriage is a big mistake in life.I thought that they were adults enough to solve their differences,and be an exermple to young couples.But they have destroyed their trust before people.May God forgive and help them.

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It is strange after 40 years of marriage but if the parties are unhappy, why be unhappy for the rest of there lives? I hope they tried there best but they still have a life to live whether it is seprate or together. Whatever makes them happy-just sad to see another failed marriage.

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Seems strange that a couple would divorce after 40 years. I always thought they were a great couple. It's sad, but they're intelligent people so there must be a valid reason. I just wish them both the best.

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I guess she didn't want to buy a hybrid and he did want to buy a Two Live Crew CD.

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Al and Tipper have long been a popular couple.They will settle
their differences amongst themselves.

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I got a divorce from my husband after being together for almost 30 years. It has been the biggest mistake of my life.

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butt: Kudos to you for telling it as you see it!

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Wonder how she even lasted so long with him!!