Arnold Schwarzenegger separates from Maria Shriver

Los Angeles. It was a storybook marriage in 1986 on a spring weekend on Cape Cod that united a princess of an American political dynasty, Maria Shriver, and the gap-toothed muscle-clad movie star famous enough to be known by one name, Arnold.
In many ways, it was a pairing of opposites – Her uncle was a U.S. president; his father was an Austrian policeman. She was the rising star of a network TV news show; he was the pot-puffing star of ‘Pumping Iron.’ He was a Republican with a soft spot for Richard Nixon; her family was a pillar in the nation’s Democratic establishment.
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Shriver announced their separation late Monday, cleaving a sometimes-turbulent 25-year relationship after ‘a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us,’ the couple said in a joint statement.
The breakup comes about four months after Schwarzenegger ended a bumpy, two-term run as California governor, a job his wife never wanted him to pursue. Since then, Schwarzenegger (63) has been fashioning a role as an international advocate for green energy, giving speeches and lining up work in Hollywood. Shriver (55) has guested-edited an edition of Oprah Winfrey’s magazine but also talked about the stress of changing roles after serving as California’s first lady.
The joint statement, issued by a spokesman for Schwarzenegger, said the two were working on the future of their relationship while living apart and they would continue to parent their four children together.
“After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion, and prayer, we came to this decision together” – the statement said.

Arnold Schwarzenegger separates from Maria Shriver
Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Schwarzenegger has left politics after finishing his second term as governor of California in January this year and is now considering film projects.
The bodybuilder-turned-action star is now reportedly in talks to feature in sequels to The Terminator and Twins.
Since leaving office – Schwarzenegger has been travelling the world, spending time in London, France, Brazil and Washington DC.
Shriver lost her mother Eunice two years ago, while her father Sargent (a former Democratic vice-presidential candidate) died in January this year.
The couple have four children together.

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’.

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