Arnold Schwarz- enegger and Maria Shriver, one of the more enduring marriages in Hollywood and California politics is kaput. The Austrian big man and the TV journalist announced their surprise split in a joint statement.
The couple had been married for 25 years and had four children together. The two are no longer living together while they “work on the future” of their marriage.
Shriver is moving out of their Brentwood mansion, according to the Los Angeles Times, suggesting that she may have been the one who instigated the separation.
“This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us,’ the couple said. “After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion and prayer, we came to this decision together,” the statement said.
Shriver, 55, is part of the Kennedy clan. Her mother is Eunice Kennedy, the sister of President John. F. Kennedy. She was married to R. Sergeant Shriver, a Washington, D.C. lawyer who served in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.
Shriver, the as the “architect” of President Johnson’s “War on Poverty,” was the driving force behind the creation of the Peace Corps, the Job Corps, Head Start and other programs.
Maria Shriver provided critical support to help elect Schwarzenegger, 63, a Republican, as California Governor.
Soon after, Schwarzenegger was embroiled in “Gropegate” in 2003. He was alleged to have sexually fondled six women during his acting career.
Shriver has apparently been grappling with the “next phase” of her life for some time.
She wrote about a transition in her life on her Facebook page earlier this year after her father died in January.
“As you know, transitions are not easy. I’d love to get your advice on how you’ve handled transitions in your own life,” she said in a YouTube video.
“It’s so stressful to not know what you’re doing next. People ask you what are you doing and then they can’t believe that you don’t know what you’re doing,” she said.
Before her marriage, Shriver worked as a television journalist for NBC. She took unpaid leave of absence after her husband decided to enter politics.