The Hollywood star and former California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, former NBC journalist, Maria Shriver, are taking some time apart from each other. According to Los Angeles Times, they now have been living separately for a few weeks.
This comes in a time of transition for both of them, when a lot has happened from the beginning of the year until now. The Terminator star has stepped down from the state leading position in January 2011. This same January his wife, a former journalist at NBC TV and the niece of president John F. Kennedy had a difficult time when her father died.
Los Angeles Times reports that Shriver has left the house they were living together in a few weeks ago. This decision comes after 25 years of marriage. Schwarzenegger, 63, married Shriver, 55, in 1986 and they have four children, two girls (Katherine, who is 21 and Christina, who is 19 ) and two boys ( Patrick, who s 17 and Christopher, who is 13). Arnold remained in their Brentwood mansion and the couple still shares responsibility of raising the children together.
In the statement given to the Los Angeles Times they say that the decision of separation came after “a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion and prayer”. At the present time they are not living together anymore as they are trying to work on their relationship for the future. They also said that their children are still their number one responsibility: “They are the light and the center of both our lives”. In the end, they said they consider this event in their lives “a private matter” and there will not be any other declarations about this from any other people, friends or family. They closed the statement asking for understanding and respect in behalf of the media: “We ask for compassion and respect from the media and the public.”
The two go on with their public lives as before. Recently, Schwarzenegger announced that he will start collaboration with Stan Lee, the famous comic book writer. The looks and the elements in his personal life will be “borrowed” by a comic book superhero character named “The Governor”. In addition to that, he got pretty busy signing contacts with several films he will star in, including the series that made him famous: Terminator.