After 25 years of marriage, and just a few months out of Sacramento, California's former governor and first lady are putting their marriage on hold, according to the L.A. Times. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver announced their separation tonight. Shriver will move out of the couple's Brentwood family home. The former role models of bipartisanship have been "residing apart" for the last few weeks and will continue to do so while they "work on the future of [their] relationship."
In a statement released tonight, Schwarzenegger and Shriver say that the decision to split came after the couple endured "a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion and prayer."
Although the two celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on April 26, they have led separate lives in public ever since. After Schwarzenegger left office in January, the LA Times goes on to point out, "he has been jetting around the world, heading 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."
In a March 28 YouTube video, Shriver was seen in a YouTube video not wearing her wedding ring. Said video also has Shriver (rather suspiciously) asking her YouTube audience for tips on life transitions.
The high-profile couple met in 1977, "when NBC's Tom Brokaw introduced Shriver to Schwarzenegger at a charity tennis tournament." They say they will continue to share the parenting of their four children