Al Gore and Tipper separating

Former U.S. vice-president and his wife split after 40 years

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, are separating after 40 years of marriage. In an email, the couple announced that they had made “a mutual and mutually supportive decision” to split up. The news has stunned Washington, where the Gores had been considered a very close couple; Tipper, a professional photographer, had published a “visual diary” of life as the Vice-President’s wife, and frequently accompanied her husband on his book and lecture tours. The two celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary last month.