Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and wife Maria Shriver announced this evening they have separated after 25 years of marriage. The Los Angeles Times has the story:

Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, have separated, with Shriver moving out of their Brentwood mansion while the two determine the next step in their 25-year marriage.

Shriver has been residing apart from the actor-turned-politician for the last few weeks. The former first couple confirmed the separation in a joint statement released Monday after questions from The Times.

“This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us,” the statement read. “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.

Some instant reminiscences:

The New York Times, 4/27/1986: Maria Owings Shriver Wed To Arnold Schwarzenegger

The Los Angeles Times: The Schwarzenegger-Shriver Marriage–a photo gallery

Again in the L.A. Times: New attention on Shriver’s appearance in a March YouTube video in which she appeared without her wedding ring:

  • Pete

    I love this from the NYT wedding announcement: “Mr. Schwarzenegger, the body builder and author … “

  • Edie Klages

    Am really sorry to hear of this split. Really thought they would stay together forever. It’s a shame that this marriage has come to an end. Hopefully, putting some distance and time here will result in a reconciliation ….


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