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Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks about separation from Maria Shriver

May 10, 2011 | 11:15 pm

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Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke publicly for the first time Tuesday since he and wife Maria Shriver announced they were separating after 25 years of marriage.

The actor spoke at the 63rd Israel Independence Day Celebration at Los Angeles' Skirball Cultural Center and said the couple had received encouragement from friends after their stunning announcement Monday.

"I want to take a moment to acknowledge and thank our many friends and family for the tremendous amount of support and love that you have given us in the last 24 hours," Schwarzenegger said, adding that he had spoken to Shriver an hour earlier.

"We both love each other very much ... and we are taking it one day at a time."

His comments were broadcast on KCAL-TV Channel 9.

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Photo: Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger accepts an award from Consul General of Israel Jacob Dayan on Tuesday at the Skirball Center. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

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