Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver separate after 25 years

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By now you all know the biggest bombshell to drop in Arnold Schwarzenegger's life since Last Action Hero -- that he and wife of 25 years Maria Shriver have separated and are considering divorce. But hey, since that news hit around 11:30 p.m. Monday our time (while we were watching Lupe Fiasco and Skylar Gray kill it on The Colbert Report), all kinds of wild speculation has hit the media. Let's parse it, shall we?

First, the news of record; Shriver moved out of their Brentwood mansion for the last few weeks, and the couple issued a joint statement to the L.A. Times: "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. 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."

Now TMZ says Maria planned on splitting up with him as far back as 2009, but her mother's and father's deaths between then and now derailed those plans. The site claims Arnold has been "impossible" to live with, and has a nasty habit of being unfaithful. Also, we wants to do that stupid Governator comic book and cartoon with Stan Lee.

Schwarzenegger has reportedly been acting "unstable" since retiring from the governor's mansion, TMZ adds, but now that Maria has flown the coop for good, he "could not be sweeter not that she's left him," a source says. Indeed, even though Maria had spent a lot of time away from Sacramento during his term, they've been hanging together plenty lately, spending Easter, Mother's Day and their 25th anniversary together.

In any event, the couple's four kids (ages 14-21) are said to have helped mom decide to move out and Maria's not wearing her ring anymore. Maybe Arnold will be taking that anger out on the movie screen, where the guy always gets the girl in the end.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 12:49pm]

    

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