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Maria Shriver (D) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) separate after 25 years of marriage

Arnold schwarzenegger and Maria shriver on the oprah winfrey show in 2003

Another blow to bipartisanship.

The 25-year celebrity marriage of movie star-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger and star TV correspondent Maria Shriver of the Kennedy clan appears on the rocks.

In answer to a Los Angeles Times query Monday, the couple issued a joint statement saying:

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.

The 55-year-old Shriver has moved out of their Brentwood mansion, but the statement stressed they continue to raise their four children -- ages 21, 20, 18 and 14 -- together, calling them "the light and the center of both of our lives." And the pair appealed for privacy.

The Times website has published a photo gallery of their 25-year marriage right here. The romance began after the couple met at a celebrity tennis tournament 34 years ago. It appeared to endure some rough patches, including accusations of groping women against Schwarzenegger during his 2003 campaign for governor. At the time the actor apologized for inappropriate behavior and Shriver defended him.

The 63-year-old Republican left office in January, politically bruised from confrontations with legislators and with members of his own party over his lack of conservative convictions. His hints of an interest in working on environmental issues, possibly for the Obama administration, were not picked up. Shriver drew widespread praise for her roles as the state's first lady and activist in women's causes and health issues.

This spring, Schwarzenegger said he hoped for a cinematic comeback and he has since signed for three films, including another Terminator chapter.

A comment that he had not discussed a new show business venture with his wife combined with other hints of a split. Husband and wife have been traveling widely -- and separately. She has appeared publicly without her wedding ring, as our colleague Mark Barabak notes here, and has spoken of stressful transitions in her life. And their anniversary last month went unnoted by them on social media.

Word of the split swept widely across Twitter on Monday evening with common comments such as "How sad!" and "I didn't see that coming."

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Harpo Productions (2003).

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People on twitter are quoted saying " how sad" I didn't see that coming". Whats sad? Maybe it's better for both of them at the moment to take that step. And what didn't people see coming? People act like they are great close and personal friends with this couple and know all of their personal affairs.

Very sad.

He is a vulgar boar she a classy lady, what's interesting is that it lasted this long. What I never understood was her defending his sexual abuse.

he'll be back!

My mother was a (R) and my father is a( D), it made for interesting dinner conversation. I think it helped keep their marriage together, they always had something to talk about. My father was a catholic and my mother was prodistan and they were married for over 50yrs. Sometimes opposites attracts.

Well...after he has been cheating on her for 20 years it's about time. And now that his political career is over he doesn't need her anymore. The guy is pretty twisted and I'll just leave it at that.

Please give these people some space.

Maria was sounding like an Austrian when she spoke English.

They should stay together until the 14 year old son grows older. I said thay because many kids this days go of the track and use drugs. So keep it in mind.

With the demise of his political career (some would argue at his own hands), one has to wonder whether Ms Shriver exactly finds her union with Mr Schwarzenegger completely compelling, and on the same token one has to wonder what’s on Mr Schwarzenegger’s mind now he is set to return making Hollywood movies? Perhaps just a natural flow of events, or the demise of a strategic relationship that no longer bore any fruit.

Several posts on this site and others are very negative toward Arnold. Maybe ask yourself if you could go to Austria as an immigrant and even remotely what he has accomplished. Let's give credit where credit is ude.

his political career is over.

Sad to read about this news that Mrs. D and Mr R will separate after 25 years of marriage.

maria was born on a silver spoon and thinks she is god almighty,bossey
arnold could not take her bosseyness
these educated goal orentated people can not keep a marrage together.
american women are always pushing the limit ,want to take over everything
and have little respect for men,they are never happy for long
finally never marry a person who was raised a spoiled child,they will sooner
or later expect the same from you. rich


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