Todd Palin, the husband of former Alaska Governor and 2008 Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, reportedly filed for divorce in Anchorage Superior Court on Friday.
After 31 years of marriage, Todd Palin cited an "incompatibility of temperament between the parties such that they find it impossible to live together as husband and wife."
While the documents reportedly just used the couple's initials, according to the Anchorage Daily News, the marriage date listed matches up to public records for the Palins, who are both 55.
The pair also seeks joint custody of their son, Trig, the only one of their children who is still a minor.
Todd Palin files for divorce from former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin… https://t.co/f8B7DbNEdc— Anchorage Daily News (@Anchorage Daily News)1568055436.0
All is not well in Wasilla. https://t.co/oiHCgBInjI— Dave Levinthal (@Dave Levinthal)1568057429.0
Dogged by rumors of marital problems for over a decade, the move comes after Todd Palin seemingly disappeared from Sarah Palin's social media in recent months.
But it turns out that Sarah Palin may have been expecting it since at least 2007.
During the release of thousands of records by state officials in February of 2012 thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request, an email from September of 2007 was uncovered in which Sarah Palin joked about the prospect of divorce from her husband.
In the email, which was sent to her aides Frank Bailey and Kris Perry and copied to Todd Palin, Sarah Palin writes:
"So speaking of .... If we, er, when we get a divorce, does that quell 'conflict of interest' accusations about BP?"
Todd Palin was working on the oil giant's Northern Pipeline at the time.
"VERY funny," replied Bailey.
Sarah Palin, whose husband has reportedly filed for divorce, once joked about her marriage coming to an end. https://t.co/27h3VlBdG7— HuffPost (@HuffPost)1568070113.0
When The Huffington Post reported on the email after its discovery in 2012, Palin aide Doug McMarlin responded that "Governor Palin was clearly speaking tongue-in-cheek in the email."
"This email was during her fifth pregnancy and the Palin marriage remains one of the most solid in any environment. We thank the media for their, er, continuing attention to this particular issue."
If that's the case, the email certainly hasn't aged well in light of the divorce.
I just hope Sarah Palin can see a prenup from her house.— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈)1568060997.0
The news is pretty ironic, giving Palin's ultra-conservative, Christian views on marriage.
Hark! Someone who routinely scolds you about your lack of Christian values is flipping off Jesus again. Sarah Pal… https://t.co/xzSbhGDVpX— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@Mrs. Betty Bowers)1568060591.0
The thing about Sarah Palin and her husband getting divorced is that these people have zero qualms w/ lecturing oth… https://t.co/1gbAUMHHjN— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈)1568060835.0
sarah palin is interesting because she followed up a divorce from reality with a divorce in reality— m i t h (@m i t h)1568065289.0
But hey, if Sarah Palin is back on the market, there might be a perfect match out there for her.
It’s scary to think that Don Jr. and Sarah Palin could be single at the same time. Talk about a match made in Russi… https://t.co/2QLtPggnE9— Chelsea Handler (@Chelsea Handler)1568122886.0
Although, on second thought...
The momentary fun over Sarah Palin’s divorce is dwarfed by the painful realization that we’re moments away from a h… https://t.co/JmgpFRb0f5— Susie Meister (@Susie Meister)1568091882.0
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