The Truth About Sarah Palin And Todd Palin's Divorce

Sarah Palin has had an impressive career. Biography notes that she was the first female governor of Alaska, and was chosen to be the running mate of John McCain during the 2008 presidential election. McCain lost the election, and Palin resigned as governor the following year due to the costs of battling a legal ethics complaint filed against her (per ABC News

Before she was thrust into the national spotlight, the mother of five was a proud hockey mom who worked hard for her state. Politicos have come to know the brunette from Tina Fey's "Saturday Night Live" impersonations of her, as well as Palin's quirky comments during interviews. But before there was Sarah Palin, the politician, there was Sarah Heath, the 1984 third runner up for Miss Alaska.

The future governor earned a degree in journalism in 1987, and she and her high school sweetheart, Todd Palin, eloped the following year. The couple worked on his family's commercial fishing business in their early years. The power duo had five children, Bristol, Willow, Piper, Track, and Trig. It may have looked like Palin had it all to many outsiders, but she and her husband were imploding as their tiny Alaskan bubble was so rudely popped.

Did fame break the Palins up?

Todd Palin filed for divorce in 2019 after 31 years of marriage, according to People, citing "incompatibility of temperament." While they didn't publicly reveal the cause of their split, it's possible that the pressures of fame took their toll on the couple. One source told the outlet, "It's been a long road to this. The family just had to take so much and couldn't handle it, I don't know if anybody could. It's a tragedy. Sarah Palin is a great person, and now it seems the family is in tatters" (via People). 

Court records showed that in the spring of 2020, the couple very quietly finalized their split. It's hard to keep a secret when you're living in the public eye, but the Palins managed to let the ink dry with no one being the wiser. The court documents showed that the divorce was granted on March 23, 2020.

Fans of the couple were stunned to read that "they find it impossible to live together as husband and wife. The legal jargon mimics other divorces that claim irreconcilable differences. While the documents have remained closed, we do know that both Palins asked for joint custody of their youngest son, Trig.

There were cheating rumors

As for the reason Todd Palin decided to walk away from his marriage on his 55th birthday, no one really knows (via People). But compared to his famous wife, he often stayed out of the limelight and in the shadows. According to Cheat Sheet, Todd was cold and informed his ex-wife of his desire for divorce through an email. At the time, Sarah Palin told NBC that the news of her marriage ending came as a shock saying, "I thought I got shot."

Since the two have parted, the former governor has taken part in "The Masked Singer" as a rapping pink bear in 2020 (per The Los Angeles Times). The Palins briefly reunited in November of 2019 for their daughter Willow, who gave birth to twins (per USA Today). 

There had always been rumors of infidelity on both ends for the past ten years, but each time the Palin camp wrote them off as lies (via the Daily Mail). While we may never know the real reason the couple decided to call it quits, insiders will always speculate. In the end, it could just be they outgrew one another over their 31 years together.