Maria reportedly moved out of their Brentwood mansion in California and they’ve released a statement saying they put ‘a great deal of thought’ into their decision to separate.
The former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger,63, and his wife Maria Shriver, 55, have announced their decision to separate after 25 years of marriage.
“This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us,” their joint statement says. “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 and Arnold met in 1977, and were introduced by NBC’s Tom Brokaw at a charity tennis tournament, and were married in 1986. Together they have four children: Katherine Eunice, 21, Chrstina Maria Aurelia, 18, Patrick Arnold, 17, Christopher Sargent, 13.
Here are some of the highlights from Arnold & Maria’s marriage:
- Met in 1977, when NBC’s Tom Brokaw introduced Shriver to Schwarzenegger at a charity tennis tournament.
- Arnold announces his decision to run for Governor on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in August 2003.
- Maria left her job as an NBC News correspondent after Arnold took office.
- In 2008, Maria endorsed Barack Obama while Arnold backed Arizona Sen. John McCain.
- Maria presided over the state’s annual California Governor’s Conference on Women and Families
- The two celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on April 26.