Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver are heading to splitsville. The former California Governor and his wife of 25 years announced, on Monday night, May 9, they are separating. In a joint statement, the couple said, "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 statement continued to read. "At this time, we are living apart while we work on the future of our relationship." The Los Angeles Times additionally reported that Maria has moved out of their Brentwood home.
Despite the separation, Arnold and Maria stressed that they plan to continue to raise their four children together. "They are the light and the center of both of our lives," they explained in the statement. The couple added, "We consider this a private matter and neither we nor any of our friends or family will have further comment. We ask for compassion and respect from the media and the public."
Arnold and Maria met in 1977. The two were introduced by NBC's Tom Brokaw at a charity tennis tournament. They got married in 1986. Maria is the daughter of the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver and served as a guest editor on an issue of Oprah Winfrey's magazine, O.