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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver Separate

Ex-California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and wife Maria Shriver announced that they are “amicably separating,” after 25 years of marriage.

In a joint statement issued Monday night, the couple said they are separated, while “decide on the future of their relationship.”

“This was a time of great personal and professional transition of each of us. After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion, and prayer, we come to this decision together,” said the statement.

Schwarzenegger and Shriver said the plan to follow “the father of her four children.”

“They are light and the center of both of our lives,” he said in a statement.

The couple married in 1986.

Both Schwarzenegger and Shriver said they consider this a private matter and plan not to release further comment.

“We call for compassion and respect for the media and the public,” the statement said.

Before Politics

Before he became governor and first lady of California, in 2003 recall election, Schwarzenegger and Shriver had a life away from politics, but still very much in the spotlight.

Before being elected Governor Schwarzenegger, Shriver was a television journalist for NBC News. She is a member of the Kennedy family – his mother was the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of former President John F. Kennedy.

His father was a founder of the Peace Corps and former Democratic vice presidential candidate Robert “Sargent” Shriver Jr., who died earlier this year.

Schwarzenegger was a body builder and former action movie star who appeared in such films as “Terminator” and “True Lies.”

And run the election campaign

In an interview on “Good Morning America” ??in 2006, Shriver never imagined would be in the center of the world of politics in California.

“When I married Arnold, politics was not really where I thought we were going!” said in 2006 interview. “Nancy Reagan gave me good advice. She said, ‘Do what you want because you’ll be criticized anyway.”

It was not always a smooth ride to the top of the highest political office in California.

During his campaign for governor in the recall election to replace then-Governor Gary Davis in 2003, the Los Angeles Times reported that six women reported being fondled or groped by Schwarzenegger at some point between 1975 and 2000.

At that time, Schwarzenegger has publicly admitted that he had “behaved badly” and apologized if he offended anyone. Shriver was by her husband amid claims the Times reported at the time.

Moving On

Despite marked their 25th wedding anniversary on April 26, it appears that the couple has been living different lives for some time according to the Los Angeles Times.

Shriver has left the couple’s home in Brentwood.

Twitter updates Shriver’s account makes no mention of the anniversary.

On March 28 video posted on YouTube, Shriver said, “It’s very stressful to not know what he’s doing next,” the Times reported.

Through the years, Shriver has been running the annual women’s conference is billed as the “principal forum for women in the country.”

He is credited with major makeover Museum of California, according to the Associated Press.

Since leaving office in January, Schwarzenegger has indicated his intention to return to her acting and entertainment business roots.

Is scheduled to return with a new animated series called “The Governator”.

Schwarzenegger spokesman Alan Mendelsohn told the Associated Press last week that the actor is considering starring in the film “Cry Macho.”