Al and Tipper Gore to Split After 40 Years

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    BOSTON, United States: Former US Vice President Al Gore kisses his wife Tipper at the end of his speech to the Democratic National Convention 26 July, 2004, at the FleetCenter in Boston, Massachusetts. US Democrats opened their four-day national convention in which delegates will formally nominate Senator John Kerry to challenge US President George W. Bush for the White House in the 02 November vote. AFP PHOTO/PAUL J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

    Former Vice President Al Gore and his wife Tipper are separating after 40 years of marriage, NBC News confirmed Tuesday.

    The Gores said it was "a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration."

    The couple told friends about the split in an e-mail to friends, according to POLITICO.

    Gore served for eight years as vice president under Bill Clinton and was the Democratic Party’s nominee during the 2000 presidential campaign. He previously served as a United States representative and senator from Tennessee.

    The couple has four adult children: Karenna, Kristin, Sarah, and Albert III.

    Both are still living in Nashville, Tenn.

    NBC's Norah O'Donnell and Adam Verdugo contributed reporting.