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Maria Shriver 'humbled by the love' in wake of separation announcement

May 13, 2011 | 11:55 am


Maria Shriver says thanks for support in wake of her split from Arnold Schwarzenegger Maria Shriver has spoken out publicly on her own for the first time since her separation from Arnold Schwarzenegger went public earlier this week.

"Thank you for all the kindness, support and compassion," Shriver said Friday on Twitter. "I am humbled by the love. Thank you."

Photos: 25 years of Shriver, Schwarzenegger

Since word of the couple's split after 25 years of marriage went public Monday, many supportive remarks have been posted to Shriver's YouTube channel, in light of a video she'd posted March 28 in which she discussed being "in transition."

"It is so stressful to not know what you're doing next," Shriver said in the video, above. "I'd like to hear from other people in transition.... How did you get through it? What were three things that enabled you to get through your transition?"

Her husband acknowledged the split publicly Tuesday at a Skirball Cultural Center event celebrating Israeli Independence Day.

"I just talked to Maria an hour ago before I came here," Schwarzenegger said Tuesday, "and we both were saying the same thing, we are amazed and extremely blessed to be surrounded by so many wonderful people. We both love each other very much. We are very fortunate that we have four extraordinary children and we're taking one day at a time."

Photos: High-profile political breakups

He's been relatively quiet since Wednesday, when the San Diego County district attorney's office announced it had filed a civil suit against the former governor, seeking to overturn his last-minute reduction of the voluntary-manslaughter prison sentence of the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez.

What the future holds for the couple, who've made it clear this is a separation and not yet a divorce, is uncertain.

"Everyone who's shocked by this is reacting to the fairy-tale picture that was promoted," a friend who has been a frequent visitor to the couple's Brentwood mansion told Los Angeles Times reporters early this week.

"I would have had to have been deaf, blind and incredibly stupid not to see that he was more than a handful," Shriver wrote in the introduction to her 2000 book, "10 Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Went Out Into the Real World."


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Photo: Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger outside St. Francis Xavier Church in Hyannis, Mass., after their wedding on April 26, 1986. Credit: Mike Kullen / Associated Press.