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Arnold and Maria's Split -- A Long Time Coming

5/10/2011 5:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Maria Shriver has been "miserable" in her marriage for a long, long time, sources connected with the couple tell TMZ ... and it's all about Arnold Schwarzenegger's "craziness."

Arnold Schwarzenegger Divorce

We're told Maria moved out of the couple's L.A. mansion months ago.  Sources tell us she's been extremely unhappy in her marriage for years, complaining about Arnold's out of control ego, as well as his womanizing.

We're also told Maria feels Arnold has ignored her for years and she's felt terribly unappreciated.

Sources say the couple has spent "very little time together" for several years.  Maria was frequently absent from Sacramento while Arnold was Governor. 

The situation got worse once Arnold left office and decided he wanted to resurrect his movie career.  Maria felt Arnold was becoming more erratic -- more "unstable." 

Our sources say Maria's religious views caused her deep distress over whether to split and/or divorce.   As one source put it: "She's been a lost soul for a long time."


Maria -- Contemplated Divorce for Nearly 2 Years

Maria Shriver has been deciding whether to DIVORCE Arnold Schwarzenegger since 2009 ... but sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ, she's been "extremely conflicted."


We're told Maria has been unhappy with Arnold for years ... and first planned to split with him back in 2009 ... but her mother passed away and Maria decided to hold off.

Then, we're told, Maria wanted to try to break it off again in January 2011 ... but her father died ... once again putting the split on hold.

Our source tells us Maria is fed up with Arnold's infidelities ... coupled with the fact he's been "impossible" to live with. We're told Maria's kids acknowledge the issues -- and have pushed their mother to call off the marriage.

People who have spoken with Maria tell us ... despite her STRONG public persona, Maria has become a "shell of the woman" she appears to be because she is "terrified" of Arnold ... but in an emotional, not a  physical way.

However, once Maria finally decided to separate from Arnold  -- and moved into a fancy Beverly Hills hotel -- we're told Arnold pulled a 180 ... and he's been "working extremely hard" to win her back.  As one source says, "He could not be sweeter now that she's left him."

To make things even more complicated, Arnold and Maria have been spending LOTS of time together lately ... hanging out during Easter, Mother's Day and even their 25th anniversary ... which they celebrated together at an expensive hotel.

A source close to the couple tells us ... despite their differences, Arnold and Maria have "serious chemistry between them" ... which is why she has such ambivalence about the break-up.

But ambivalence aside, Maria has been "miserable" in the marriage and has taken a big step to end the relationship.

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Hours before the world knew about his separation ... Arnold Schwarzenegger broke out his street bike and went for a ride with his bodyguard in L.A. yesterday ... sans wedding ring.

But Arnold WAS wearing his ring on Sunday ... the day before the couple announced their split.

Meanwhile, Maria Shriver has been ringless since mid-March ... right after Maria posted a cryptic video on YouTube asking her fans for advice on how to "transition" into the next phase of her life.051011_maria_shriver_still

As you already know, Arnold and Maria announced their separation last night ... and in their statement, they claimed they've been living apart for several weeks.

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Rat Masterson    


1264 days ago


She should of left him hears ago as there was talk about him womanizing way back then. He can't settle down to one woman, he has a very big ego. I never like him at all. I hope he fades away now and goes back to the country he came from.

1264 days ago


Sorry to hear about this. Hope they can mend things

1264 days ago


Apparently he was the last to realize that he was married to Skeletor.

1264 days ago


i bet he has a tiny weener from the steroids and cannot satisfy her.

1264 days ago


I'm sure "Maria" was no easy woman to live with....don't think it was all him. He should have known when he married her what she would become - another Kennedy mess.

1264 days ago


Wow. I am totally in sync with Maria Shriver's feelings of aimless confusion. You have this idea of life and how it should go, you throw all your eggs into one basket, you try to be the best person all around that you can be, and then WHAM! It all blows up. The personal meltdown of a marriage can be beyond devastating. It's earth ****tering...and the journey is long and difficult. Trust is gone. You're lost in the desert of emptiness. I wish I could talk with her and lend some support---woman to woman. I didn't realize she wrote a book...I'll have to check it out. She's strong...she comes from strong 'stock.' I'm sure in time, she'll be the victor and an encouragment to other women. The bottom line is that this world is falling apart...morally, spiritually, and emotionally. It's a dog fight...and dog eat dog world. Pathetic. Lastly, men, and the women they cheat with, are nothing less than animals in heat. May as well all go live in the woods. Truly.

1264 days ago


I don't blame Arnold for leaving that ball and chain. He's made alot of good movies but what ever they do is there business. You go Arnold,make some more good movies.

1264 days ago


Does Maria have an eating disorder? Bulemia or anorexia? She certainly looks it. Wish the best for both of them

1264 days ago

John Northup    

Who really gives a damn whether they split or not?

1264 days ago


Sympathy to both of them... seperation and divorce are not steps that would be taken lightly. Both parties are injured when there is a split. Let both of them find new beginnings or new paths that lead them back to each other with fresh perspective. May God Bless each of them regardless of what direction they go!

1264 days ago


the question here really is, who is driving who crazy? if he has his ring on still, it probably means that he still cares about her and loves her. i don't know much about her, but from my first impression i can say she seems crazy. and i think arnold is probably the one who suffered with her. either way, if ppl do not get alone anymore, than divorce is the key. there shouldn't be a big deal about it. just divorce already and move on with your lives!!

1264 days ago


He's always been an EGOMANIAC with absolutely NO moral compass!! When his time comes up he'll probably end up in the 'eternal sea of fire' with all of the other horrific excuses for human souls.

1264 days ago


Who really cares. The Kennedy"s have been gone forever and so hasn't he..

1264 days ago

Linda Grasso    

I feel sorry for Maria. She's such a beautiful soul and Arnold is a typical body builder, in love with him self. We've had a similar situation in my family. Maria, get out while the getting is good and take him to the "cleaners". He does not deserve you!!!!!

1264 days ago
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