There was no tell-all article in a national gossip magazine. No racy photos. No whispering about an unexpected pregnancy. Just an e-mail.
After 40 years of marriage, Al and Tipper Gore announced they were calling it quits. The e-mail that announced their split said simply:
"After a great deal of thought and discussion, we have decided to separate. This is very much a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together."
Al Gore, 62, and Mary "Tipper" Gore, 61, had been married since May 19, 1970. Their love story became political history after the couple shared a now famous kiss at the 2000 Democratic National Convention.