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Arnie and Maria separate

May 10, 2011 - 8:38pm

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 PHOTO: Reuters, MGM

Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in the spotlight after he and his wife, Maria Shriver, announced that they are separating.

The former bodybuilder-turned-actor, 63, and Shriver, 55, said in a joint statement: "This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us. After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion, and prayer, we came to this decision together."

The shocking news comes four months after the former California governor left office.

The statement continues: "We are continuing to parent our four children together. They are the light and center of both of our lives. We consider this a private matter and neither we nor any of our friends or family will have further comment."

The couple, who have been married for 25 years, did not indicate whether they would seek a divorce, but said they were living separately "while we work on the future of our relationship."

TV Presenter Tom Brokaw had introduced the pair to each other at a charity tennis tournament in 1977. But Shriver, the niece of President John F. Kennedy, was considered an unsuitable partner for the former bodybuilder because of her deep Democratic roots and Schwarzenegger's Republican leanings.

The statement did not say which one of them moved out of their California mansion where the family has resided.

The 63-year-old is currently developing a television show and comic book based on his political nickname "The Governator."

An industry source also informed Reuters last month that Schwarzenegger was likely to star in a new "Terminator" movie that would reprise his most famous screen role as the virtually indestructible cyborg from the future.

(Source: Reuters, TMZ, CNN, The Hollywood Reporter)

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