Al Gore and Tipper Gore split

Jun 1, 2010 at 4:31 p.m. ET

Washington power couple Al Gore and wife Tipper have split after forty years of marriage.

Al and Tipper Gore in happier days

The news was revealed in an email sent to associates of the former Vice President and his wife, saying the separation was the result of "a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration."

For once there are no murmurs of an affair or any sort of cheating scandal -- seriously, Al Gore is far too boring for such shenanigans -- but the pair has reportedly been telling friends they merely "grew apart." One longtime associate of the couple said, "Their lives had gotten more and more separated."

During Al Gore's eight-year run as Vice President, the couple's seemingly close-knit marriage presented a pleasant counterpoint to the Clinton's disaster of a relationship. Al has kept busy since then, unsuccessfully campaigning for the presidency himself in 2000 (and exchanging an almost uncomfortably long kiss with Tipper at the Democratic National Convention), and campaigning for climate change. His documentary An Inconvenient Truth led to a 2007 Nobel Peace Prize and Oscar.

Al once described Tipper as "someone I've loved with my whole heart since the night of my high school senior prom."

Tipper is most notorious for forming the Parents Music Resource Center in the 80s, the group responsible for those little black and white parental warning stickers on CDs today. She is also an advocate for mental health care.

Al & Tipper Gore: The kiss!

Divorce seems a million miles away from the couple's famous smooch at the 2000 Democratic Convention.

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