Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver Split After 25 Years

Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver announced they have separated ‘amicably’ after 25 years of marriage.

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The couple released a statement last night saying they were working on the future of their relationship while living apart and would continue to raise their four children together, The Los Angeles Times reports.

In a shock announcement, the couple who have four children together, released a joint statement saying they were living apart while they ‘work on the future’ of their marriage.

The statement read: “This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us.

“After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion, and prayer, we came to this decision together.”

Schwarzenegger, a Republican, finished his seven-year run as governor in January and has been travelling to deliver speeches and pursuing entertainment projects.

He tweeted frequently during his travels to such faraway places as Brazil, Nigeria and France.

Shriver was not mentioned in his Twitter updates from the road.

Shriver, also active on social networks, posted three updates on her Twitter page on the day of their 25th wedding anniversary on April 26, but did not mention the milestone.

About a month before the wedding anniversary, Shriver wrote on her Facebook page that she was going through a transition in her life.

“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 wrote.

During Schwarzenegger’s time as governor, Shriver and the couple’s children never moved to Sacramento, preferring their secluded canyon estate a few miles from the Pacific Ocean.

Schwarzenegger never settled in Sacramento, choosing instead to commute by private jet between his home and the state capital.

Shriver, a member of the Kennedy political dynasty and the daughter of the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, left her job as an NBC News correspondent after Schwarzenegger took office. [via Daily Mail (UK)NY Daily News]

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