After 40 years of marriage, former high school sweethearts Al and Tipper Gore are calling it quits.
According to the Associated Press, the An Inconvenient Truth author and his wife said that the split is “a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration.”
Al Gore and Tipper met in 1965 at a high school dance. They married in 1970 and supported each other during Al’s political career when he was a congressman as well as Vice President of the U.S. Tipper served as Al’s guide and political advisor throughout his career, which included his famous Nobel Peace Prize win.
The couple, who have four grown children, sent the news in an email to friends and supporters. Gore, 61, and his wife, 62, gave no details as to why they were parting ways.
“We are announcing today that after a great deal of thought and discussion, we have decided to separate,” the email said. “This is very much a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration.”