Arnold Schwarzenegger And Maria Shriver Announce Separation
After 25 years of marriage, Maria Shriver has moved out of the home she shared with former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, reports the Los Angeles Times.
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 were raised by 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.
“We are continuing to parent our four children together. They are the light and the center of both of our lives. We consider this a private matter and neither we nor any of our friends or family will have further comment. We ask for compassion and respect from the media and the public.”
During his campaign for governor, Shriver defended her husband when questions were raised about his behavior with other women, specifically allegations that he groped women during his movie career.
At a rally in San Diego, the actor acknowledged before several hundred chanting supporters that, “Yes, I have behaved badly sometimes.”
“Yes, it is true that I was on rowdy movie sets,” he went on, “and I have done things that were not right, which I thought then was playful. But I now recognize that I have offended people. And to those people that I have offended, I want to say to them, I am deeply sorry about that, and I apologize.”
Appearing alongside her husband later that day at a news conference, Shriver blunted the political impact of the story by vouching for Schwarzenegger, saying the sexual misconduct allegations “show why really good people don’t want to go into politics anymore.”Click here for reuse options!
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