Schwarzenegger and Shriver separate

May 9, 2011

Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former First Couple of California, are now living apart as they decide the future of their 25-year marriage. [LA Times]

Shriver, 55, moved out of the couple’s Brentwood mansion weeks ago and the couple issued a formal statement Monday.

“This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us,” the statement read. “After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion and prayer, we came to this decision together. At this time, we are living apart while we work on the future of our relationship.

“We are continuing to parent our four children together. They are the light and the center of both of our lives.” We consider this a private matter and neither we nor any of our friends or family will have further comment. “We ask for compassion and respect from the media and the public.”

Since Schwarzenegger left office, it had seemed as though the two were living separate lives. Shriver has worked on her women’s empowerment website, guest edited an issue of Oprah Winfrey’s magazine and promoted causes near to her heart, such as Alzheimer’s research. She struggled with the death of her father, Sargent Shriver, in January, and took her son Patrick and some of his friends on an East Coast college tour in April.

The couple met in 1977, when NBC’s Tom Brokaw introduced Shriver to Schwarzenegger at a charity tennis tournament. The two married in 1986, and have four children.


11 Comments

  1. willie says:

    An old co-worker of mine MIT Grad, while working with him on a schematic design for Livermore uttered “Don’t change it, don’t tamper with success when you got it!” you’ll mess it all up!
    Arnold, Marie and their children were happy when he was in the motion picture business.

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  2. Cindy says:

    Yah know, I met Arnold back in 1977 when he was courting a health food company called “Super Fitness of America”(SFA). I was the company accountant and SFA wanted Arnold’s endorsement because at the time, he was Mr Universe (but not a known actor yet). It was interesting because the company President was a little short guy with a huge EGO and he wanted his own photo on the product but Arnold wanted his own photo on the product. I met Arnold at a party SFU threw in Palos Verdes, CA and I have to tell you that he was about as dumb as it gets, back then he also had acne but thought he was something special with his impressive build. He tried to pick me up and the SFA President encouraged me to go ahead and meet Arnold for a cocktail and cut a deal for the endosement but no direct photo represenation on the product. I took a friend with me because I didn’t trust him and guess what, I still don’t but obviously, it is for other reasons these days!

    Yes, he has been polished but you can’t change a numb skull, you can only put a wig on it.

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  3. r0y says:

    Both have such strong personalities and egos that it must have been a difficult marriage. Hopefully they had more good times than bad (although, separation and divorce often mean there wasn’t).

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  4. danika says:

    Any marriage that ends after 25 years is sad. I feel for the children. Very sad.

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  5. zaphod says:

    President of Austria/Europe Union or ?? his star will continue to rise as long as he has will. His divorce is like a dark mirror image of the recent royal wedding, Maria Shriver is as close to royalty an american can be singularly , her father was THE numerary of opus dei, north america, the beautified popes favorite lay org. and owner/op of Vat Radio old world very big deal in sovereign politics. His trainer told a french publication(73) that arnold was going as high in America as possible and Maria was as high socially as a lewd banal wild and crazy guy from austria could hope for, Orrin Hatch failed to find a way to the White House for the Governator, the only way up for him now is europe perhaps he can repudiate the death penalty and get his hometown support again and campaign for the presidency of Austria.

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    • zaphod says:

      I wish him well and never expected him to do as well as he did,but we are as broke or broker than post enron (bohica) Davis days.

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  6. willie says:

    Many years ago, I worked as one of Arnold’s stuntman “once”, Unlike other actors I co-mingled with on a one to one fraternal basis from Rock Hudson, Robert Wagner, George Hamilton, Bill Bixby, etc al. He was treated very VIP in the same way William Shatner was, shielded from the rest of the crew, to keep his character or prevent it from any mix or convolution.
    I do not believe he has the caliper to be governor (although he tried his best to please everyone), only the money and his false macho image.

    SAG

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  7. willie says:

    Cause: Demanding Professional Diversion (Unable “Not Unwilling” to make sacrafice for the family)
    Thus the husband-wife, parent-children relationship diminish.
    Arnold should have never gone into politics-too much for him.

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    • r0y says:

      That’s why I have an inherent distrust or suspicion of anyone who seeks political office – especially “higher” office. It’s almost always karma-suicide.

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  8. Typoqueen says:

    I’m sorry to hear this.

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