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.