Sarah Palin says she felt like she'd been 'shot' when her husband Todd asked for a divorce in an email

The former Alaska governor also revealed that her husband Todd filed for divorce on his birthday, just days after their 31st wedding anniversary

                            Sarah Palin says she felt like she'd been 'shot' when her husband Todd asked for a divorce in an email
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Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, on Tuesday, revealed that she learned of her husband Todd Palin's intentions of divorcing from an email she received from his attorney.

Palin, while speaking to a Christian broadcaster, said that she received an email from the attorney on June 19, nearly three months before Todd filed for divorce on his birthday.

The former lawmaker said that the news came as shock to her: "I thought I got shot."

The divorce filing reportedly came right after their 31st wedding anniversary.

Vice-presidential nominee Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and husband Todd Palin during the election night rally at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa on November 4, 2008 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Getty Images)

Despite her husband filing for divorce, Palin has denied their marriage being "over, over," adding that they are going through counseling. She also said that this entire experience has only resulted in their attorneys "getting rich" off them.

Palin made the revelations in an interview with the founder of the Family Talk Christian ministry, James Dobson.

On Tuesday, Dobson said that the interview was conducted previously.

Track Palin, Bristol Palin, her boyfriend Levi Johnston, Willow Palin, Piper Palin, husband Todd Palin, presumptive Republican U.S presidential nominee U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Republican U.S vice-presidential nominee Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin stand on stage during day three of the Republican National Convention (RNC) in 2008. (Getty Images)

In the interview, Dobson asked Palin how people could pray for her. She responded by saying that the prayer would be for "God's will to be done, but that God would make sure that we know that the grass isn't always greener on the other side."

Dobson then interjected saying: "It still has to be mowed. And it still has to be mowed."

Palin later added that God does not want families to split up, "'And to me, in a general sense, marriage is so extremely important as a foundation of our nation. It helps make America that much greater, is that security of family, and I'm not to the point of wanting mine to be split."


Todd reportedly filed a document in Anchorage Superior Court in September, seeking to dissolve his marriage. The filing cited an "incompatibility of temperament between the parties such that they find it impossible to live together as husband and wife," according to the Daily Mail.

The couple married in 1988 and shared five children and five grandchildren. The pair's five children include a minor: 11-year-old son Trig. Reports state that Todd had asked for joint legal custody of Trig.

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