After 25 years of marriage, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver have split up, they said in a joint statement.
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, reads the statement. 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 at the center of both of our lives.
According to TMZ, Schwarzenegger and Shriver met in 1977 when Tom Brokaw introduced them at a charity event. They married in 1986.
He was an Austrian-born bodybuilder turned action movie star who later became a Republican California governor. His road toward politics hasn't always been easy. In 2003, during his campaign, there were allegations against Schwarzenegger that he had a history of groping women. During that time, Shriver strongly defended her husband. Schwarzenegger has recently announced his interest in returning to the movie industry. There are rumors circulating he'll return to a role in another Terminator film.
Shriver is a television journalist and member of the Kennedy family. The couple have four children ages 14, 18, 20, and 21.
In their statement they added, We consider this a private matter and neither we nor any of our friends or family will have further comment.