Inconvenient truth: Al and Tipper Gore separating after 40 years of marriage

Former US Vice President Al Gore, 62, and his wife, Tipper, 61, announced today they had decided to separate after 40 years of marriage, Reuters reports.

Reuters further revealed that the Gores had announced their separation in an email message to friends. The couple likewise issued a joint statement to the media, wherein they said: "This is very much a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration. We ask for respect for our privacy and that of our family, and we do not intend to comment further."

Al Gore, who was Bill Clinton's vice president for eight years, won a Nobel Peace Prize and an Academy Award in 2007 for his work against global climate change. He is set to come to Manila to deliver "an Asian version of his landmark multimedia presentation," An Inconvenient Truth. His lecture will be the highlight of "The Leader As Environment Steward" forum on June 8 at at the SMX Convention Center at SM Mall of Asia.

Reuters added that the Gores' separation came as a "total shock" to their supporters.

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