BFFs, you would think lasting through 40 years of marriage like Tipper and Al meant that you were in it for the long haul — turns out high school sweethearts are even MORE likely to split up than stay together!
Everyone was completely shocked when one of the most publicly blissful couples ever, Tipper and Al Gore, called it quits via mass email yesterday. So after speculation about possible adultery was quickly quelled, the question still remained: How could this poster couple for marital concord suddenly decide to part ways?
“People either just grow apart or their lives take them apart,” says relationship expert Dr. David Eigen. “Al and Tipper weren’t able to maintain the connection or intimacy in their marriage so it just dissolved.”
Al and Tipper released a statement obtained by the AP, June 1, saying their decision to split was “a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration.”
We asked experts to weigh in on why they’d be doing this so late in the game because it just didn’t make any sense!
“People don’t always evolve together,” says relationship expert Whitney Casey. “For a while, opposites like Tipper and Al may attract but after 50-years of age opposites are just opposites.”
Believe it or not, we’re also told couples cite the same reason as Al and Tipper for terminating the marriage.
“80 percent of couples say it was a mutual decision,” admits relationship expert Pat Love. “What this usually means is ‘I’m not a priority in your life anymore’ and we don’t really know why this happened.”
Al and Tipper met at a prom in 1965 and Tipper ended up following Al to Boston where the two ended up having four children together. Even after such a strong foundation they still didn’t last a lifetime … it’s kind of scary isn’t it?
“When high school sweethearts marry, there is a likelihood of divorce,” says psychiatrist Dr. Carole Lieberman. “Because people change so much as the years pass. Al and Tipper actually defied the odds to stay married for 40 years.”
Ladies, doesn’t this sound a little depressing? It’s almost like there’s no point of even getting married then?
“The Gores had things in common over the years namely raising kids and Al’s political campaign,” says relationship expert Amy Levine. “But now that these aren’t in the forefront it likely became obvious they had less in common. People want to make the most of their lives, and rather than settle they split.”