The apparent quip came to light in February 2012 when a trove of 17,000 records was released by state officials in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
“So speaking of .... If we, er, when we get a divorce, does that quell ‘conflict of interest’ accusations about BP?” she wrote, referring to her husband’s work on the British oil company’s North Pipeline.
“VERY funny,” Bailey replied, indicating the remark was made in jest.
The day after HuffPost reported on the email, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee’s office said she was “clearly speaking tongue-in-cheek.”
However, according to the Anchorage Daily News, Todd Palin filed for divorce on Friday, pointing to an “incompatibility of temperament between the parties such that they find it impossible to live together as husband and wife.”
The two have been married for 31 years.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article mistakenly stated that Todd Palin was once Sarah Palin’s aide. He was not.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.