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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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"Maria PUT DOWN DER SANDWICH , YOU ARE GETTING FAAAAAT LIKE COW." No wonder she wants a divorce , he won't let her eat anything.

1231 days ago


The former Governor left our state in shambles to say the least, and I don't know what Maria saw in him in the first place! However, I do believe she still has feelings for this s-o-b, and this so-called breakup is for the benefit of the public only. You see, AHNULD, is being sued by just about every one on the planet, and their finances, including those Kennedy Trusts for their children must be protected. You all know that both Maria and the big lug himself has access to the best legal counsel within the family.....therefore I think if a divorce is eminent, it will be a "divorce of convenience" ONLY

1231 days ago

Harry Lime    

To those who wrote, "Who cares." Why the f did you write in the first place. I don't care either and wouldn't have written save for the inane comments referred to.

1231 days ago


I think she was crazy to have married him in the first place. He had this enormous ego then!! She always seemed very nice but looks so emaciated now. Not a good match back then and even worse now.

1231 days ago


They should seperate and no need for divorce until one is ready, if ever, to marry again.

Why can't people just take it easy. You live together for so long and now it has to be one or the other.

If they seperate they could see eachother here and there, see the kids, and just see where and how things progress.

When people start talking divorce without trying this step first it feels as if one is being blackmailed, pushed, and in the long run it won't work, but if both just chill and face the fact that each want more, then they can adjust little by little.

Maybe they already figured it out. Who knows, but life does always go on regardless of what happens. Life is full of surprises.

Personaly, I would not be happy if my husband went from being a policitian in charge to then being an actor. It demineshes what he has accomplished and who he became, like it or not, had a lot to do with her political clout.

Oh well, no big deal. The kids are adults and understand as they too face life's challenges...

Just my two cents...Send me the check...

1231 days ago


Better to be apart if they're both unhappy and despite of what they say about Arnold he rocks!!!

1231 days ago


Being in the business of marrying couples and do***enting their Ceremonies and Celebrations the following has been learned: 60% of those who marry are divorced within the first 24 Months. Of those who Divorce after seven years, 38% of men are trying to pay child support, of no less than $400-$1000(1st Child) until their children reach 18. And to make matters worse, one in five children born to a Mother and Father, the Father in the relationship is not the sperm donor. Fathers should always get a paternity test on each child during Divorce proceedings. In many cases, the courts will make you pay anyhow but, you can use this to get a better price. And as far as religions go, you are bound for hell if you ever marry again or get a Divorce for that matter. But, some churches have a rule that, for a price, a person who knows God Personally, can beg God for your forgiveness and God will grant you another chance. This is why Contract Marriage is soon to take off. You can right-up a Contract for 3,5,7 year, etc. and opt out with no hassle Divorce proceedings. More to Come.

1231 days ago


I read an article about Arnie years ago. It brought up an interview wherein he was asked about his supposed marital discretions. His answer was simply...who cares, it's just blow jobs. Anyone who would come right out in the public and say he's having sex with other women is a piece of s*** as far as I'm concerned.

1231 days ago


I honestly think that their business should stay between them. What ever happened to privacy? Does no one respect that anymore? I feel for her being in an unhappy marriage. I was once there. It is hard when there are still feelings from being together so long. It is a difficult transition. I believe she should stick with her feelings. Life is too short to be unhappy. She will make it thru it as long as she allows support from her family/friends.
What helped me thru mine was remembering why I left due to all the bad that was going on. It reminded me of why I made my decision to begin with and helped me stick with a solid plan of action. Best wishes to you Maria!

1231 days ago


Good for you, Arnold !!!Get to hell away from that stupid Kennedy clan and live your own life. Maybe you can give some pointers to Billie Clinton and help him get rid of the pig that he has. Then there could be 2 happy people in this world.

1231 days ago


I have noticed now since the news is out, most of the photos of Maria Shriver shown online make her look like an old crab and frowning a lot. She bears no resemblance to when she was first dating Arnold. Well I hope she gets happy soon.

1231 days ago

Phil Bittle    

There's a profound lesson for the country here ... see what happens when you get mixed up with Republicans ... ? All you get is SCREWED ... it's a way of life for them. All they are is sociopathic, opprobrious equal opportunity SCREWERS. (class dismissed)

1231 days ago

Harry Lime    

I must give them this. He has had an astounding career in politics, movies, bodybuilding. He has gone nearly as far as he could go in his choices. She has the family, the name, the looks, the money. It was a damn good ride for the both of them. They would have done well independent of each other. Maybe this is not fair to some, and they feel they must be attacked on personal issues, but these two are icons, and there ain't nothin' the haters can do about that.

1231 days ago


She Looks Unhappy, and Looks Like a Difficult Woman to Have in the House. Arnold Has It Tough to Put Up With Her. Bye Bye Maria.

1231 days ago


Der Arnold is an excellent example of a dolt to dolt success story: not an actor by any stretch, not a looker (although that depends on where one might look), a poor excuse of a politician-so why is he worth discussing? He isn't, but his extraordinary success via his egoism is, as a purely clinical study in human behavior that is.

1231 days ago
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