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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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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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No surprise. Ms. Shriver was raised to politics. Arnold has been known to be having affairs with other women but she stuck with her man until his term as govenor were over.I'm glad she's breaking away from him. Good ridance.

1224 days ago


I would have left him before the wedding. Ughhh he is ugly and jerky and arrogant and a womanizer. Yuck on Arnold. Good luck Maria. You deserve so much better

1224 days ago


Looks like it is 50 on the split.

Marriage isn't easy for the common woman/man/couple let alone those in the glamour life.

1224 days ago


Marriage isn't what it use to be. People fall in love and understand that it can be saved.The two people who where once in love, can fall in love all over again. Aronalds cheating is more about him not her.Aronald is living in the flesh and not the spirit.He will regret what he has done one day and hopefully repent. Being a sex addict is a person who lives in darkness and away from God. Aronald you are getting up in year's and your wealth and power mean nothing if you don't repent and turn to the lord.You dont want to live in eternal darkness? "You wont be back"

1224 days ago


I never understood how you could be with him in the first place. GO Maria! and I hope that Arnold realizes at some point in his life..........what love really meant ..

1224 days ago


To the commenter who said Maria married beneath her class - The Kennedys have no class. Look back at history. The majority of them don't care who gets hurt as long as the Kennedy name is not tarnished. If they have class I don't want any.

1224 days ago


These people who make the remarks that Maria is an skeleton, most be 280 or 300 hundred pounds fad and are very jealous of her.
How many obese people would like to be that skinny. Beg

inning with you.!!!!

1224 days ago


I met Arnold & Franco in Nasville before his last Olympia win. I was in pro sports & a world champ in full contact. He was hitting on every chick in the gym. That has always been his bag.He thinks he is irresistable & peddles his booty all over the place. He is arrogant & a social disaster w/ groping hands & his fake smiles. Wilt Chamberlain once said that he made love to thousands of women, I wonder how many Arnold has under his belt. Maria isn't much better, breaking laws thru-out Calif. & then just driving off w/ immunity. I have a home in Calif. & had lived there for many years, its a POLICE STATE now & a haven for illegals, hell they run the state, you may know about the illegal hispanics but I bet that you don't know about how many illegal asians there are there. I used to work w/ the sheriffs dept years ago & believe me, there are tons of them on the west coast. They would fly into Canada & walk across the border, untouched, MILLIONS OF THEM.

1224 days ago


I think she has been unhappy since she had to leave her TV news job and be first lady to Arnolds Governorship. She seemed to like working, she was not miss personality though. I'm sure he does have a big ego, so what, she didnt' know that? Hes an actor and he was pretty good, I was sure he would want to get back to that someday before he gets much older, she had to know him before she married him, they did date right? I always saw pictures of them on vaction with the kids or him witht his kids, how bad could he be? Maybe she just needs a lot of attention, I wonder if she would have left him if he had run for President and won. Nooooo

1224 days ago


Arnold is a typical male; into himself and just can't keep his hands on just his wife. But, what has Maria been doing these past months and years, while her husband has been governor, movie star, bodybuilder...? She's had the good life(many women would kill to be in her shoes)and can go anywhere and do anything she wants because she has the means to. But that doesn't always make a person happy. The Kennedy family (extended, included) has always claimed to be strictly religious Catholics, so how does divorce fit into the scheme of things after all these years? "For better or for worse" seems to go out the window when people start doing their own thing. Arnold, you should always put your wife first, your children second, and everything else just falls below that. I guess you neglected to do so.

1224 days ago


These people who make the remarks that Maria is an skeleton, most be 280 or 300 hundred pounds fad and are very jealous of her.
How many obese people would like to be that skinny?. Beg

inning with you.!!!!

1224 days ago


Transition is not easy but takes time, Maria. Just get into your kids and career and friends and family. The rest takes care of itself. Good luck. You are not alone...

1224 days ago


The Kennedy's are the ones who need therapy, and are unstable, also Maria is looking for money from Ahnold! she is poor and needs income.

1224 days ago


Maria's new nick name is the " skull"! Ahnolds name is the "skeleton". Together they make the munsters look like the life guards on Baywatch.

1224 days ago


so this was all a show no different thatn the idiots in washington all about themselfs

1224 days ago
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