Late last night, it was announced that former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, have separated.
Maria Shriver has moved out of their Brentwood mansion, as the two decide what is next for their 25-year marriage. Shriver is reported to have been residing apart from Schwarzenegger for a few weeks.
The former California “first couple confirmed the separation in a joint statement released Monday after questions from The Times.”
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.”
Maria Shriver stood by her husband Arnold Schwarzenegger during the 2003 recall of California Governor Gray Davis, as allegations surfaced of “Schwarzenegger’s lengthy history of groping women.” Many speculate that Schwarzenegger might not have been elected were it not for Shriver’s support.
Ms. Shriver, as a symbol of Democratic traditon and politics, gave Mr. Schwarznegger a political legitimacy that proved critical in a recall election in which he ousted a Democratic governor, Grey Davis.
From the start of the marriage, Schwarzenegger then an Austrian body-builder and movie star, and Maria Shriver a journalist and daughter of the Kennedy dynasty, seemed to be an unlikely couple. They were married “in 1986, and have four children, ages 14, 18, 20 and 21.”
I have long wondered what Shriver saw in Schwarzenegger and why she stayed with him. Now it seems that after 25 years she’s saying enough is enough. Something tellls me that with Shriver free from the constraints of her marriage to Republican Schwarzenegger, we’ll start to see some great things from Maria.