Al Gore and his wife Tipper are separating after 40 years of marriage! The news came as a shock today via Politico.com, which claims the couple told their friends this morning.
According to the website, the couple wrote an email entitled “Email from Al and Tipper Gore,” and 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.”
The news has since been confirmed by Kalee Kreider of the office of Al and Tipper Gore. Kreider said there would be no further comment.
Al and Tipper always seemed to be supportive of each other, which is why this comes as a bit of a shock. She always accompanied her husband on his public speaking engagements, so we didn’t realize they were having problems!
Tipper met Gore at his senior prom in 1965. Although she came to the prom with his classmate, Gore and Tipper began to date immediately afterwards. When Gore began Harvard University, she enrolled in Garland Junior College (now part of Simmons College) and later transferred to Boston University, receiving her B.A. in psychology in 1970. She then worked part-time as a newspaper photographer until her husband was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1976.
On May 19, 1970, they were married at the Washington National Cathedral. They have four children: Karenna Aitcheson Gore Schiff, Kristin Carlson Gore, Sarah LaFon Gore, and Albert Gore III.
By their statement it sounds like there isn’t much drama behind the scenes, and sounds more like they grew apart. We hope it’s the latter, and wish them both luck on their own!