Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver Separate

Celebrity News May. 10, 2011 AT 8:19AM
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver Separate Credit: Chelsea Lauren/

Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former Governor of California, and his wife, Maria Shriver, have separated after 25 years of marriage.

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The couple released the news in a joint statement.

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"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."

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The Terminator actor and Shriver met in 1977 at a tennis tournament and married in 1986.

Schwarzenegger, 63, recently announced he was returning to show-business and has signed up for three new films.

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