9:49am UK, Tuesday May 10, 2011
Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver have announced they have separated.
In a statement, the couple said they had been living apart for a number of weeks while they “work on the future” of their 25-year marriage.
They met at a charity tennis tournament in 1977 and married in 1986.
After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion, and prayer, we came to this decision together.
Statement by the couple
Schwarzenegger, the former movie star, bodybuilder and California governor, and Shriver, who is a member of the Kennedy family, have four children.
They described them as “the light and the centre of both of our lives,” and said they will continue to parent them together.
Their statement referred to the separation as a “private matter”.
The couple added: “This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us.
Arnold Schwarzenegger with poster for ‘The Governator’ cartoon series
“After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion, and prayer, we came to this decision together.”
Schwarzenegger left office four months ago after two terms as California governor.
His wife, whose mother was the sister of assassinated US President John F Kennedy, campaigned for her husband even though he was a Republican and she was a lifelong Democrat.
Schwarzenegger is thought to be considering returning to making films.
He said recently he was developing a television programme and comic book based on his political nickname “The Governator.”
On Monday night, California’s former Governor and first lady announced their split after 25 years of marriage. “After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion and prayer, we came to this decision together,” they said in a joint statement.
We have to say, we didn’t see it coming: Unlike so many political marriages which have been marred by scandal as of late, the union of Schwarzenegger, 63, and Shriver, 55, seemed rock solid. Sure, they were always somewhat of an odd couple—he the Republican bodybuilder-turned movie star, she the brainy Democrat member of the Kennedy dynasty—but in the quarter-century they spent together, they seem to have weathered it all, from multiple election campaigns to sexual misconduct allegations to state budget crises to parental deaths, all the while raising four kids. This was a pair who earned their frequent power couple designation in spades, not unlike that other longtime political duo who surprised the world with their split last year.
According to their statement, the two are living apart living apart “while we work on the future of our relationship” (the Los Angeles Times reports that Shriver moved out of their Brentwood mansion a few weeks ago, just months after Schwarzenegger finished serving two terms as Governor). It was not immediately clear whether they would be filing for divorce.
Tuesday 17 May 2011 12.24 BST
Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former actor and recently retired governor of California, has admitted that he fathered a child 10 years ago with a member of his household staff. The revelation, which he confirmed to the Los Angeles Times in a remorseful statement, casts new light on the break up of his 25-year marriage with Maria Shriver, announced by the couple a week ago.
The Los Angeles Times led on the story. The unnamed staff member, who had claimed her then husband was the father of her child, retired in January after working for 20 years for Schwarzenegger and Shriver, a member of the Kennedy clan. She had worked for them through the two terms when the former bodybuilder and star of the Terminator films served as governor of California, inevitably dubbed the Governator. A source told the paper that Schwarzenegger had taken financial responsibility for the child from the start.
Schriver refused to comment but Schwarzenegger issued a statement to the paper:
“After leaving the governor’s office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago.
“I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologised to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry.
“I ask that the media respect my wife and children through this extremely difficult time. While I deserve your attention and criticism, my family does not.”
Despite having an accent so thick that dialogue in his first movie had to be dubbed, Schwarzenegger became a celebrity after starring as Conan the Barbarian in 1982, and became a worldwide box office draw in the Terminator movies.
Shriver, well known in her own right as a television journalist, is the daughter of the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of former US president John F Kennedy. The couple met at a tennis tournament, married in April 1986, and have four children.
George W Bush, as president, first co-opted the Austrian-born actor into politics, as head of his sports council, dubbing him Conan the Republican.
His early years in politics were dogged by allegations of affairs and inappropriate behaviour with women. His huge early political popularity waned as recession hit the Golden State, triggering swingeing cuts in state spending.
In February, Schwarzenegger announced his return to acting, saying he was considering various projects – he hinted that Terminator 4 may be on the horizon.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was born on July 30th, 1947 at 4:10 a.m. in Graz, Austria according to http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/Schwarzenegger%2C_Arnold
July 30th, 1947
7 + 30 +2+0+1+0 = 40 = his personal year (from July 30th, 2010 to July 29th, 2011) = Household staff.
40 year + 4 (April) = 44 = his personal month (from April 30th, 2011 to May 30th, 2011) = Here’s the situation. How it is. It is what it is.
44 month + 9 (9th of the month on Monday May 9th, 2011) = 53 = his personal day = Forthright.
Maria Shriver was born on November 6th, 1955 at 5:12 p.m. in Chicago, IL according to http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/Shriver%2C_Maria
November 6th, 1955
11 + 6 +2+0+1+0 = 20 = her personal year (from November 6th, 2010 to November 6th, 2011) = Turning point.
20 year + 5 (May) = 25 = her personal month (from May 6th, 2011 to June 6th, 2011) = Change of residence.
25 month + 9 (9th of the month on Monday May 9th, 2011) = 34 = her personal day = Generating a buzz.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
her primary challenge = MS = 41 = Infidelity.