9 May 2011 – Former California governor and movie actor Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced his separation from his wife Maria Shriver, saying:
“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.
The couple met in 1977, after being introduced by NBC host Tom Brokaw at a charity tournament. The two married in 1986, and have four children, ages 14, 18, 20 and 21.
It is apparent that the couple had largely lead separate lives recently, with Schwarzenegger going to Brazil’s Xingu River with director James Cameron, to London for Mikhail Gorbachev’s 80th birthday party, to Val d’Isère in France for skiing and to Washington, D.C., to attend a White House summit on immigration.
Schwarzenegger is also going back to the movies, having announced a collaboration with famed comic book creator Stan Lee, saying, “I have never had a conversation with Maria about any of this. I think it will be a big surprise.” Shriver mentioned the East Coast college tour and, in early April, visited the Bahamas while Schwarzenegger headed to Cannes to receive the Legion D’Honneur medal.