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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."


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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."

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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.


Arnold Schwarzenegger -- The Ring Disappears


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.

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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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136.

Melody    

Maria, you are in my prayers. You deserved a much better life for a "LONG" time. You've raised your children, and did an excellent job. Now it's your time to find yourself again.

I too was divorced after 25 yrs. and it hit me blindsided, it took me way too long to get over it. Trust me, it was waisted time I spent, while he was off living with another woman; and still is!

You deserve sooooo much better! Love to you always!

1208 days ago
137.

Andy    

Gina,
I can sympathize. But,lumping " men and the women they cheat with" is quite a little one-sided. Women cheat too. For anyone here to pass judgement on a situation they do NOT know all the facts of, is totally ridiculous. Any blog, about any situation is a joke without ALL of the facts!!!

1208 days ago
138.

Holymoses    

Looks like Ahnold is being terminated.

1208 days ago
139.

Felicia    

Good Luck Maria!
What on earth were you doing with him in the first place? Good timing too, he is about to make a real fool out of himself. Some men just don't know when to stop.
I hope you find yourself a nice Democrat.

1208 days ago
140.

dave    

Apparently he was the last to realize that he was married to Skeletor" Got that right, did he ever really look at her, oh my not the best looking thing on the planet.

1208 days ago
141.

lak    

another celebrity marriage on the rocks, that's all there is to it, not to mention the political differences

1208 days ago
142.

kimball     

I always thought Maria with the Kennedy blood would have trouble in a marriage where she has to share the celebrity limelight. In our society, there is an acceptance of the philosophy that marriage relationships run their course and separation/divorce are inevitable anyway. If she paints him as erratic, and unreasonable or accuses him of womanizing, then a perception of justification is achieved.

1208 days ago
143.

Jane    

I can't blame her ARNOLD sure is no angel. Like he wanted everyone to think he was. Yes she was related to the kennedys' so what? It doesn't make her a bad person. She gets dressed just like everyone else. This just proves they are both human and have faults.
As far as Arnod making it in movies again I don't think he will. And he needs to grow up

1208 days ago
144.

R    

I CAN UNDERSTAND THIS. YOU CAN BE DIVORCED MENTALY FROM A PERSON AND STILL BEN IN THE SAME HOUSE.MY MARRIAGE HAS BEEN ON THE ROCKS FOR YEARS AND YEARS..

1208 days ago
145.

ABUTOM    

IT VAS A MARRIAGE OF POLITICAL CONVENIENCE. ARNOLD WAS SUPPOSED TO BE KAISER OF THE USA UND MARIA VAS TO BE QVEEN. BESIDES ARNOLD'S MARIJUANA SMOKE WAS STINKING UP DER DRAPES. IT IS MEDICAL MARIJUANA FOR HIS MUSCULAR HAMMEROIDS. NEVER MARRY A PAGAN. NOW MARIA IS IN THE SNITZEL HOUSE BECAUSE SHE IS A CATHOLIC AND CAN NEVER MARRY AGAIN. YAH DAS IS THE CATHOLIC VAY. FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE.IN SICKNESS OR IN DER GYM YOU MADE YOUR BED VIS HIM.
I NEVER TRUSTED MUSCLEHEAD. I SAW HIM SMOKING A JOINT IN AN INTERVIEW 25 YEARS AGO. NO ROLE MODEL NOT EVEN AS A BABY MAKER.
THE PIECE DE RESISTANCE IF IT IS TRUE SAYS IT ALL FOR ME.
HE COULD NOT LEAVE THE OLYMPICS TO SAY GOODBYE TO A DYING FATHER.
IF THAT IS TRUE ARNOLD SUCKS. POINT TWO: BIG BAD ARNOLD COULD NOT KEEP HIS BRIDE HAPPY. ONE CONSTITUENT. HOLLYWOOD SUCKS.
THE WORST IS FOOLS THOUGHT HE WAS PRESIDENTIAL MATERIAL AND WANTED THE LAW CHANGED TO ALLOW NON CITIZENS TO RULE THE LAND. THANK GOD WE GOT A FULL PLEDGED AMERICAN LIKE BARRACKS HUSSEIN OBOMBER.
WWW.SPIRITOFAMERICAPARTYRADIOSHOW.COM

1208 days ago
146.

colette    

A supposed Conservative Republican marries a Dumocrap.. nobody knows who they even ARE anymore.. they never had ANYTHING in common except the Starlight.. They never had a chance because together they couldn't be true to THEMSELVES.

1208 days ago
147.

t ommycooker    

and they were married in the Catholic church? for better or worse, etc. shows you money can get you anything you want - even in the roman church!

1208 days ago
148.

RAT    

HE only used her to further his career. Looks are only skin deep RAT. It's the love inside that counts the most. You are superficial and have NO intelligence what so ever!
HE IS AN ILLEGAL and deserves to be DEPORTED!

1208 days ago
149.

james e. gary    

I feel sorry for their children, but not them. They should never have gotten married in the first place. Socialist Dem. /Republican don't make it.

1208 days ago
150.

Jecolon    

Yeah,, right, it is the guy's fault? Arnold should have left her along time ago. A republican who had values until he caught up with the Kennedys. She is a liberal just like all her family and after awhile, a man who is republican and believes in other things, finally will go looking around for someone who thinks like him. She is very lucky he didn't cheat on her before too. I hope he find the right woman who he can talk to and "not have Obama yes we can in his bedroom" too.

1208 days ago
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