Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver announced their amicable separation on Monday. The couple didn’t make any reference to a possible divorce in their statement.
The news comes two weeks after the 25th marriage anniversary of Schwarzenegger and Shriver, and four months after the action movie star had left his post as governor of California.
This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us,” the couple announced in a joint statement. “After a great deal of thought, reflection, 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,” they continue.
Their children are ages 14, 18, 20 and 21. “We are continuing to parent our four children together. They are the light and the center of both of our lives,” Schwarzenegger and Shriver add.
In this statement, the spouses do not mention the date of their separation. In a video posted on YouTube two weeks ago, Shriver wasn’t wearing her wedding ring. It remains unclear who left their family home in Brentwood, California.
Schwarzenegger and Shriver were a mismatched couple. He was a former Austrian bodybuilder to become an actor and then a politician. She was a journalist, niece of the late President Kennedy, coming from a Democratic family.
The couple had to abandon their careers in 2003 when Schwarzenegger was elected governor. He is now reportedly returning to the big screen.
In their statement, the two request that their privacy be respected.