Former Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, have decided to separate after 40 years of marriage, they announced yesterday.
The Gores, in an e-mail message confirmed by their office, said the decision was made “after a great deal of thought and discussion.”
“This is very much a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration,” they said. “We ask for respect for our privacy and that of our family, and we do not intend to comment further.”
Al Gore, a Democrat, who was Bill Clinton’s vice president for eight years, narrowly lost the presidency to Republican George W. Bush in 2000 and won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his work against global climate change.
During the Democratic National Convention in 2000, the Gores exchanged a long, passionate kiss on stage that became famous.