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Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver Separate

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LOS ANGELES — Former California First Lady Maria Shriver has separated from former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, according to a report in the LA Times.

The couple has been married for 25 years.

Always an unlikely pair — she is an old-money Kennedy Democrat and he the Republican foreign-born bodybuilder who came to the United States with little more than the shirt on his back — Shriver helped Schwarzenegger solidify his support among women voters.

During the 2008 campaign, she vocally and loudly supported Barack Obama. He, in turn, came out as a McCain supporter.

Schwarzenegger was always dogged throughout his Hollywood career for being something of a womanizer; several times being accused of inappropriate behavior including “groping” women.

The paper said the couple has been apart for “several weeks.”

The former first couple confirmed they split in a joint statement issued to the newspapers.

“This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us,” the statement read. “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.”

The couple have four children.

They added their break-up was “a private matter” and asked for “compassion and respect from the media and the public.”

The Times added that the dynamic duo had spent the last few months clearly living “separate lives”

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