Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife of 25 years, Maria Shriver, have announced they are separating.
The couple issued a joint statement late Monday, saying the decision comes amid “a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us.”
Schwarzenegger left office in January after seven years as California’s governor. Before that he had a long and successful career as an actor in Hollywood action movies.
Shriver is a former television journalist and a member of the famous Kennedy political family, which includes the late President John F. Kennedy and his late brothers, prominent U.S. senators Robert and Edward.
Shriver played a key role in her husband’s successful campaign to unseat then-Governor Gray Davis in a recall election in 2003, when she defended Schwarzenegger against newspaper reports that he inappropriately grabbed women.
The couple have four children ranging in age from 14 to 21.