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Former Vice President Al Gore and ex-wife Tipper, who separated two years ago but have not filed for divorce, are both dating other people. The couple was once considered a political powerhouse, but both have moved on and are developing relationships with new people.
According to reports, Al Gore has begun seeing Elizabeth Keadle, a fellow environmental activist. Keadle is a popular figure in Democratic circles and works as a biochemist and is a member of the president's council of the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy. Her environmental efforts could have been the first link between the pair, though it is unknown exactly when they began dating.
For her part, Tipper has begun seeing former "National Geographic" editor Bill Allen, and the two apparently share a passion for photography. The couple was introduced through mutual friends and has begun attending dinner parties together.
"Life feels very simple and solid and happy for Tipper," a friend told People magazine. "She and Bill have a really nice rapport."
Another friend told The Washington Post that Bill and Tipper have a "deep friendship" when asked about the relationship status of the pair.
Al and Tipper were married for 40 years before announcing their separation in June 2010. It "was a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration," a statement by the couple said.
Divorce papers still have not been filed by Tipper or Al, though it is clear the two have no ideas of reconciliation in mind. The news of the separation came as a complete surprise to family, friends, and the public and caught nearly everyone off-guard, including the Gores' daughter, Kristin.
"There wasn't divorce in our family. It really rattled me," she told People. "I'm just grateful that my parents still love each other," Kristin said last June.