Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver announce separation

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver announced late Monday that they are separating after 25 years of marriage, People reports. The news comes five months after Schwarzenegger ended his second term as the Republican governor of California. In a joint statement, Schwarzenegger, 63, and Shriver, 55, say that they have been living through “a time of great personal and professional transition,” and that they are currently living apart “while we work on the future of our relationship.” The couple have four children together, aged from 14 to 21.

Schwarzenegger has been in the news the last few months for a different reason, as he decides how he will transition back to show-business after nearly eight years in politics, including the character-based thriller Cry Macho and a possible return to the Terminator franchise that first made him a superstar. Last month, he announced in the pages of EW that his first project would be the animated series The Governator, which posited that after ending his career in the governor’s mansion, Schwarzenegger became a high-tech, crime-fighting superhero. “We’re using all the personal elements of Arnold’s life,” explained co-creator Stan Lee. “We’re using his wife [Maria Shriver]. We’re using his kids. We’re using the fact that he used to be governor.” Schwarzenegger, however, confessed that, as of six weeks ago, Shriver was unaware she was going to be a character on the show. “I have never had a conversation with Maria about any of this,” the former governor said. “It will be a big surprise for her.” (Reporting by Benjamin Svetkey)

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  • Tye-Grr

    ….SURPRISE!

    • Stacie

      They seem about divorce-age. Non-surprise.

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      • tom

        he can do better

    • Arnold

      Hey Maria, remember when I said I’d divorce you last? I lied.

      • stickittotheman

        Ha!

    • two by two

      I wish she had done it before he wrecked our state. She gave him political cover with rich liberals without which he never would have been elected.

      They say he cheated on her all the time. Wonder what took her so long to dump him…

      • Marianna

        It took her so long to dump him because she comes from a political dynasty of serial cheaters. For her it’s just another day in Hyanis Port.

  • Mephysto

    I blame Obama!

  • Miss Talk

    That’s too bad.

    • Aunt Sassy

      Not really. I think she just got tired of him discussing the fact that they have LANA (spell it backwards) in front of his friends and cater-waiters they hire (which is a true story). He’s a D-bag and I can’t blame her for being over it.

      • geezee

        What is LANA or ANAL (you said spell it backwards)??

      • Aunt Sassy

        Seriously?

  • sam

    Another Hollywood marriage gone. SHOCK!

    • nick

      you’re a doofus.

      • Yasir

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    • Liz

      They were married 25 years, it’s not like a typical Hollywood marriage. Get over yourself.

  • Tal

    I believe the Governor should practice talking to his wife.. MORE!I wish them a Road BACK…ASAP!

  • Doc Rogers

    Doc Rogers Says: I wish Arnold, Maria and the Family all the best!

    • Mad Max

      Redundant.

  • Le HIROSHI

    As they appeared so ideal a couple the news disheartens me.

    *

    All the best.

    • Le HIROSHI

      Correct me if I’m wrong, “separation” in American legal context I believe does differ from “divorce” itself.

      *

      One of these days may reunite they-subj.

      • kate

        Yes, that’s correct. However, it often seems with celebrities or famous people, announcing the separation is really only done when a divorce is forthcoming.

      • Emma

        That’s true. If they announce a separation publicly that means that they’ve already given this some due.

      • sd

        or they are trying to get out ahead of all the rumors that fly when they are living in separate houses for awhile. If they didn’t put it out there they were separating for a period of time the paparazzi would have a field day until they did.

      • watch

        IDK about Cali but some states make you separate for so long before you can get the divorce.

      • L

        Except since Maria and the kids stayed in SoCal during Arnold’s time as governor, and Arnold flew back and forth, they’ve basically spent the last 8 years having rather separate lives. (Yes, like the Clintons, and I don’t even want to think about why they’ve stayed together)

  • Oh

    Good for Maria

  • Aprille

    This is such a joke. Why is this even news…and really- the Governator???!

    • Buffy Freak

      Yeah I can’t imagine why Entertainment Weekly would report on the separation of one of the world’s biggest box office stars and most well-known Governors from his wife who is a member this country’s most well-known political families and niece of a former President.

      • @ Buffy Freak

        nice

      • Dr. Linus

        Plus she was a TV journalist.

      • Buffy Freak

        Thanks Dr. Linus…I had actually forgotten about that…

  • TorontoTom

    Bet Shriver ends up with a position at OWN in the near future.

    • Cat

      I wouldn’t be surprised.

    • talkin’

      More than bet I would count on it.

  • RBys

    It seems like their marriage was already deteriorating but no one in public office, especially one as famous as Arnold, would get a divorce/separation while still in office!!!

    • Bob

      She fell on her political-wife sword for seven years. Now that he’s out of office, it was OK to end it. He had that on-set reputation (self-admitted) with female co-stars AND she didn’t want him to run for Governor in the first place. Lots of resentment there.

      • Tyron

        I actually have the issue of mslcue and fitness with the poster in it. I also have other Arnold collectible magazines and books.He was a monster in his day you are right. People who do not train will always criticize regarding mslcues, drugs,etc but they do not realise how much effort went into feeding and building that physique.Glad you liked it and look out as I will be adding more pics of Arnie

  • UGH

    Ah’ll be back…with a young chippie.

    • nick

      ha ha. true.

  • S

    Dont know about Arnold but she’s a handful…got kicked out of a line for a restaurant in JH WY in 90’s for shrieking ‘I’m a Kennedy, we don’t wait in lines’. To which the waitress wonderfully replied,’well I guess you don’t eat here then’. Yes, it made the local front page…what a spoiled brat

    • Rush

      What a lovely, yet apocryphal story.

    • Maggie

      It did make the paper in Jackson Hole, but it was a 2002 story about Bubba’s owner Jim “Bubba” Shivler. He claimed that in 1987 a then-employee told him that Arnold & Maria came in and demanded a table without waiting and were denied. Bubba wasn’t even there when it supposedly happened, and the person who it supposedly happened to doesn’t work there anymore. Second hand story told 15 years after it supposedly happened.
      “Hey my diner is so great that we threw out Arnold and Maria.”

    • Lois

      @S
      The story in the paper is that newlyweds Arnold and Maria went to Bubba’s diner in JH. There was a line so Arnold, being then the biggest movie star in the world, told Maria to talk to the manager and explain who he was. Maria told the manager that Arnold isn’t used to waiting, and the manager said that if they didn’t wait they couldn’t eat there. So they left.

      There was never any story that Maria yelled at a waitress, or yelled that she was a Kennedy.

  • Lauren Price

    This is very sad. I’m sorry to hear this.
    Former California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger needs to do more dramas rather than just doing huge action blockbusters because he pigeonholed himself as an actor who just did action movies. He is an underrated actor. So, I hope that he does more dramas, tries to reach his full potential as an actor and tries to win an Oscar.

    • watch

      This has to be a joke right?

    • Bob O’Connor

      Sad? Good for Arnold! I wish I could afford to divorce my fat, ugly, boring wife but she’d take too much of my money. I just nail every hot 20 – 30 something that comes my way and it helps me cope with her endless yammering. Godspeed Arnold, you are my hero.

  • Lorraine O’Connor

    This is very sad. Arnold Schwarzenegger is a terrific actor and seems like a decent guy. It is a shame that his marriage has collapsed.
    My husband and I are just really open and honest with each other. We tell each other everything that goes on and everything that we’re feeling everyday, and we’re just really there for each other.
    I think my husband taught me a lot about inner beauty and confidence in myself. I’m slim but voluptuous. He’s in love with the person inside of me, and the outside of me is just a bonus. I feel better—so much better now than I ever did in my twenties. I know who I am. And as a result, I feel much sexier.

    • jj11

      Are you going to tell him that you rambled on about your lame personal life on an entertainment website?

    • Dr. Love

      He’s cheating on you.

    • Bob

      Who are you? And why did you feel it necessary to ramble on about your relationship with your husband? Way too much self-indulgence, Lorraine.

    • nick

      ha ha ha. lorraine is obviously a 50 year old male pretending to be happy, needy woman. nice going, ted!

    • Larry

      Lorraine, is there back door action involved for your husband?

      • Tigest

        ; look at him now not looking so good is he . Makes me hate these pelope, but I don’t know their individual names so so guess I hate the media. Schwarenegger gave us ALL so much entertainment can’t he(and other stars)be left to grow old gracefully?Either way AWESOME pics cozmo15 )

    • kat

      I think that’s great Lorraine! Good for you gurl!!

    • Lois

      TMI

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