FORMER California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, one of the US’s most enduring celebrity couples, have announced their separation.
A statement issued by a spokesman for Schwarzenegger said the two, married for 25 years, were working on the future of their relationship while living apart and would continue to parent their four children together.
“This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us,” the two said in a prepared statement.
“After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion, and prayer, we came to this decision together.”
It was not clear from the statement if either remained at their estate in Brentwood, or who the children were with.
Schwarzenegger’s spokesman, Daniel Ketchell, said he wouldn’t answer questions beyond what was said in the statement.
Former movie star Schwarzenegger, a Republican, finished his seven-year run as governor in January and has been travelling to deliver speeches and pursuing entertainment projects.
He tweeted frequently during his travels to such faraway places as Brazil, Nigeria and France.
Shriver was not mentioned in his Twitter updates from the road.
Shriver, also active on social networks, posted three updates on her Twitter page on the day of their 25th wedding anniversary on April 26, but did not mention the milestone.
About a month before the wedding anniversary, Shriver wrote on her Facebook page that she was going through a transition in her life.
“As you know, transitions are not easy. I’d love to get your advice on how you’ve handled transitions in your own life,” she wrote.
During Schwarzenegger’s time as governor, Shriver and the couple’s children never moved to Sacramento, preferring their secluded canyon estate a few miles from the Pacific Ocean.
Schwarzenegger never settled in Sacramento, choosing instead to commute by private jet between his home and the state capitol.
Shriver, a member of the Kennedy political dynasty and the daughter of the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, left her job as an NBC News correspondent after Schwarzenegger took office.
As the state’s first lady, she ran an annual women’s conference that attracted a long list of business, political and entertainment luminaries, along with an audience of thousands. She also was credited with overhauling the California Museum in downtown Sacramento and, with Schwarzenegger, starting the California Hall of Fame.
The separation announcement comes months after the death of Shriver’s father, Peace Corps founder and former vice presidential candidate Sargent Shriver, in January.