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Schwarzenegger and Shriver announce separation

By Lynn Herrmann     May 10, 2011 in Entertainment
Los Angeles - Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver announced late Monday their separation after 25 years of marriage, citing “personal and professional transition” for each of them, the couple stated in a joint statement.
The joint statement was issued by a Schwarzenegger spokesman and stated, in part, that after “a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion and prayer,” they have decided to separate, according to Time.
It is a “time of great personal and professional transition for each of us,” the statement said, according to USA Today.
Shriver posted a video to YouTube in March that focused on transitions in life. “It’s so stressful to not know what you’re doing next ... I’d like to hear from other people who are in transition. How did you find your transition? Personal, professional, emotional, spiritual, financial, how did you get through it?” she asked.
The two will continue parenting their four children, but it was unclear who the children were staying with. Daniel Ketchell, spokesman for Schwarzenegger said no questions would be answered beyond what was issued in the statement.
At the time of the marriage in 1986, it seemed an unlikely arrangement. Shriver was connected with the Kennedy family, the pillar of the Democratic party, while Schwarzenegger was the bodybuilder-turned-actor who voiced an appreciation for Richard Nixon.
Shriver is a former journalist who, prior to co-anchoring the 1988 Summer Olympics, co-anchored the CBS Morning News, from 1985 until 1987, with Forrest Sawyer. She is the author of six books and has received a Peabody Award. After the media circus surrounding Anna Nicole Smith’s overdose in 2007, she said journalism, as well as herself, had changed, and she would not return to it.
Schwarzenegger, first famous as that muscle-bound Hollywood action hero, has been busy since leaving the top post in California politics, giving speeches, and pursuing a renewed Hollywood career. At age 20, he won the title of Mr. Universe and won the Mr. Olympia competition a total of seven times.
A recall election of California’s then-Governor Gray Davis in 2003 led to Schwarzenegger’s first term as the state’s governor. Despite being elected to a second term in 2007, he endured a bumpy ride, as the state’s economy continued to struggle, thanks to a national economic downturn during the Bush years.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, in its April 2010 report, named Schwarzenegger one of the 11 “worst governors” in the US.
The separation comes just months after Shriver’s father, former vice presidential candidate Sargent Shriver, died at the age of 95, in January.
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