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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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16.

Gina    

I don't know why my 'earth ****TERING' comment has *s ?? Weird.

1265 days ago
17.

John    

The most normal of the entire Kennedy extension, I always liked her. It is tough to sustain a marriage for 25 years. Best wishes to both of them. She should stay out of the limelight for awhile , lest she come across the wrong way. Resentments grow and are harder to control as time goes by.

1265 days ago
18.

David    

It has been obvious for many years that he married her to enhance his name and future. Marry into the Kennedy family and
reap the results. He would still be married if the major Kennedys were still alive to help him. He never was a good actor and he acted like he was a gift from God. She should have left his arrogant butt years ago She was always much to
good for him. She married beneath her class

1265 days ago
19.

Marika    

No matter what, it takes two and I'm sure this couple are both
at fault. It's never just one! Define "womanizing" please! I'm
sure Maria has had her share of attention and ego!! Be Real!
As for Arnold resurrecting his career in the entertainment world, WHY NOT! He's always been bigger than life in his movies and in the body building world. As for Maria asking how to transition? Comical from such a woman! Transition is different for everyone? Maria has quite a background to fall back upon and she's been a female of strength n focus. She knows just what she needs to do if she stops wailing in self pity. THAT'S MY TAKE!!! GOOD LUCK TO BOTH OF THEM...BOTH OF THEM ARE INCREDIBLE INDIVIDUALS!! WHO KNOWS THEY MIGHT JUST GET BACK TOGETHER SOMEDAY. ALL MY BEST.

1265 days ago
20.

Marika    

No matter what, it takes two and I'm sure this couple are both
at fault. It's never just one! Define "womanizing" please! I'm
sure Maria has had her share of attention and ego!! Be Real!
As for Arnold resurrecting his career in the entertainment world, WHY NOT! He's always been bigger than life in his movies and in the body building world. As for Maria asking how to transition?
Comical from such a woman! Transition is different for everyone?
Maria has quite a background to fall back upon and she's been a female of strngth etc. She knows just what she needs to do if she stops wailing in self pity. THAT'S MY TAKE!!! GOOD LUCK TO BOTH OF THEM...BOTH OF THEM ARE INCREDIBLE INDIVIDUALS!! WHO KNOWS THEY MIGHT JUST GET BACK TOGETHER SOMEDAY. ALL MY BEST.

1265 days ago
21.

X-JerseyGuy    

So your telling me Prop 8 doesn't work. I thought it was to save traditional marriage.

1265 days ago
22.

Gary    

"Lastly, men, and the women they cheat with, are nothing less than animals in heat."..............I'd be cautious about disrespecting the process that brought your somber, condescending life onto this planet. Maria isn't some lonely housewife - she had a career before Arnold and could have gone back to it anytime. She's not "****tered" and she wasn't battered or she'd be dead. She has grown up a child of privilege because of the Kennedy name - meaning a shallow, pretentious grandchild of bootleggers and stock manipulators. Shanty Irish. John Kennedy was a womanizer - Jackie Suffered in silence. Apparently Maria isn't cut from the same cloth. This article was entirely biased. We have no idea what really went on, only the report of a "source" that apparently talks to TMZ - a sleazier group of people cannot be found on planet Earth...

1265 days ago
23.

JETSKIHAP    

I think it is an awful thing to loose the one you have loved for so long. It takes time to get over things like this it hurts both parties involved..I wish them both happiness in there endeavores.

1265 days ago
24.

Paul138    

Maria Shriver is a Kennedy, she should know that womanizing
is part of the deal..Didn't she learn anything from her uncles??

1265 days ago
25.

who cares    

she sure is an ugly looking woman wow!!

1265 days ago
26.

Jeff    

Always the guy's fault. When is society going to evolve just to the stage where we can openly discuss what monsters women can be, and usually are the real reason for divorces? There's a 50% divorce rate and women iniate 70% of all divorces with little or no regard for their husbands or children- completely self centered. "OH MY GOD! A WOMAN could possibly be a horrible person?"

Jeez, you would think no one had ever met a real live American female before. They're passive aggressive to a fault, condesceding, not too bright, delusional with a distorted self image, the personality of cardboard, no interests in anything other than gossip, no empathy, a complete sense of entitlement, and zero accountability- what's to even like?

With the legal minefield that marriage is anyway for men, throw on top the fact that your wife can murder you in your sleep anytime she wishes and get away with it by claiming 'abuse,' it's prob going to be best NOT to get married to these bitches in the first place.

1265 days ago
27.

Trish    

I think she comes across as rather harsh. Also, she used her influence to get the History Channel to drop the Kennedy mini series. It shared a lot of truths on the Kennedys and I think she feels she is the "keeper" of the family secrets. She acted like a bully and the series was eventually picked up by a lesser network, so at least she could not stop it from eventually airing. Just don't like her. I guess Oprah will give her a show on her networkk, since they are close friends. If she does, will not watch it.

1265 days ago
28.

Audrey    

I am no particular fan of Maria Schriber, but of course Arnold now wants Maria back. Even someone with the IQ of a doorknob knows that without the prestige of Maria's name Arnold returns to his true image -- a hunk of muscle fired up by steroids.

1265 days ago
29.

Marika    

I MUST SAY THAT ARNOLD DIDN'T MARRY TO BE A PART OF THE KENNEDY FAMILY!! HE IS A SELF MADE MAN AND HAS A VERY DRY HUMOR WHICH
CAN BE MISUNDERSTOOD!!! HE STILL HAS LOTS TO GIVE TO THE ENTERTAINMENT WORLD. 25 YEARS OF MARRIAGE SPEAKS FOR BOTH!!

1265 days ago
30.

Gary1955    

The couple flies private jets from a company who shall remain nameless. I know one of the pilots and he said if BITCH was in the dictionary, Maria's name would be next to it. Take a look at her face; she looks, nasty and hard. Most of us know our faces are a mirror into our true self.

1265 days ago
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