Al and Tipper Gore are separating after 40 years of marriage. The shocking news came in an e-mailed statement to their friends: "We are announcing today that after a great deal of thought and discussion, we have decided to separate."
It was just two weeks ago that the Gores marked their 40th anniversary. They met at a high school graduation dance, and at least in public seemed to have a perfect marriage. They're said to be telling friends there was no infidelity, and say they simply grew apart.
Politico.com broke the story after obtaining a copy of the Gores' e-mail.
"We're shocked for two reasons, number one the length of their marriage, also they did seem to really get along, they were always laughing, [and] the picture that we all had of them was one of a pretty happy and enduring marriage," Politico's Beth Frerking told INSIDE EDITION.
They recently bought a $9 million oceanfront villa in Montecito, California. They also own an estate in Nashville. In their statement, they wrote, "This is very much a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration."