Schwarzenegger and Shriver Separating

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Sure didn’t see this one coming…

Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver are separating “while we work on the future of our relationship”.

The announcement on Monday came four months after Schwarzenegger, an Austrian-born bodybuilder turned Hollywood action star, left office in January.

“This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us,” Schwarzenegger, 63, and Shriver, 55, said in a statement. “After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion, and prayer, we came to this decision together.”

The couple, who met at a charity tennis tournament in 1977 and married in 1986, did not mention whether they would divorce.

“We are continuing to parent our four children together. They are the light and the centre of both of our lives,” the statement said. “We consider this a private matter, and neither we nor any of our friends or family will have further comment.”

The couple had maintained their home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles during Schwarzenegger’s two terms as governor, with him commuting by jet to the state capital in Sacramento.

Schwarzenegger said in February he was ready to make movies again and announced recently he was developing a television show and comic book based on his political nickname “The Governator”.

An industry source said last month that Schwarzenegger was likely to star in a new “Terminator” movie that would reprise his most famous role as the almost indestructible cyborg from the future.

Shriver, an author and former journalist for NBC, is active with a number of volunteer organisations.

The Guardian (UK)-

Cross-posted at Reaganite Republican

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  • I hate to see any marriage fail, especially one that has lasted so long. I hope they work it out.

  • I wondered when it would collapse. The down side is the Catholic Church doesn’t allow divorce.

  • I didn’t see this one coming either. I wonder if Arnie’s term of governor caused major tensions within their marriage. I hope that they both work out their issues so that they can save their marriage.

  • BobF

    The Catholic Church may not allow divorce but with a “passing of the green”, they can get in annulled. That’s what John Kerry did.

  • I’m not surprised. I think they’ve had a rocky relationship for a while; her facial expressions at various times seem indicative of a strained relationship. I hope they can work it out, too …

  • I’m not a fan of either, but it’s sad to see any marriage, especially one that lasted this long, come to an end.

  • AS always, it’s the kids who suffer the most and are the least at fault

    I think they’ve got four, poor things

  • Painfull.. so painfull I never remarried.. I’d not wish divorce on anyone. It’s just gut wrenching hard.

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  • No surprise there! Not a good mix.

  • Cat’s out of the bag now, he was boinking the maid!