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Schwarzenegger and Shriver separate

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Schwarzenegger and Shriver separate

Jorge Hernandez May 10, 2011

The former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and his wife, Maria Shriver, a daughter of the Kennedy family, have decided to separate. The couple was married for 25 years, despite coming from different political parties and backgrounds.

Schwarzenegger was a global action film star famous for movies such as the Terminator series. The couple has not released information about divorce but issued a joint statement concerning their separation.

"This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for us. After a great deal of thought, 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," said the couple.

Schwarzenegger and Shriver also asked the media for "compassion and respect" as they move forward. The couple plans to continue raising their children together and called the separation a "private matter."

Shriver and Schwarzenegger have four children.

Schwarzenegger, 63, became Governor of California following the 2003 recall of Governor Gray Davis. Allegations had surfaced at that time that the former actor was involved in cases of groping women, according to the Los Angeles Times. Shriver, 55, was supportive of her husband's gubernatorial campaign.

According to CNN, the couple's children are between the ages of 14 and 21. Schwarzenegger gave up his lucrative acting career while Shriver gave up her position as a network news anchor when he became the Governor of California.

Shriver and Schwarzenegger backed different candidates for the 2008 presidential election, the former supporting Barack Obama while the Republican governor supported John McCain, according to the L.A. Times.

Schwarzenegger left his governor's position in 2011 following years of budget deficits in the embattled state.