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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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You could look at her face for years she looked pained and strained..Maybe she wanted to be first lady in the white house, HE wanted to make more of those dumb movies..He'll get a 30 year old have another baby..

1260 days ago


Linda Grasso 12 hours ago 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!!!!!

Are you freaking kidding me Linda? What F'ing Planet have you been living on for the last 25 years.Maria Shriver and the Whole Kennedy mob are ego maniac's that are all NASTY and EXTREMELY HATEFUL!! Tey are disgusting POS that have lived off the Liberal MEDIA keeping them relevent for years.Everyone of them including the murderers,the robber barrons,the rapists, and the other murderers,and the drunken slob deviant Teddy have gotten away with MURDER forveer!! Anyone else would have been put in Prision and been crusified many lifetimes ago.If it wasn't for he STARFUKKERS that most liberals are,the evil cretins would be labeled the bigoted a-holes that they are and would never have been CELEBRITY,shoot even johnny boy would never have been President if it wasn't for illegal voting of tens of thousands dead people in Chicago and the millions all over the country!! Must be nice to control the media and never let facts get to the naive ignorant masses that vote people like them into office in the first place!! Linda you are ignorant and a douche!!

1260 days ago


I too had heard for years that Arnold was a womanizer. Divorce is hard on everyone involved, especially the children. I know firsthand.

1260 days ago


Why is this news? Who really gives a damn whether they split or not?

1260 days ago


Many comments on the behavior of Maria's uncles. . . and how she should have known that womanizing comes with the territory. Closer to her than anyone else were her own parents. If anyone had a faithful, model marriage, it was Eunice and Sargent Shriver. That's the model she inherited, grew up with, and experienced for her entire life, until their deaths in 2009 and 2011. That's naturally what she was in it for and what she brought to her own marriage. Too bad her reality became a big disappointmnt for her.

1259 days ago


Who can blame him? Afterall what good are women once the kids have grown or when they lose their looks, unless they are actually pleasant to be with? But how many are actually interesting as most see the writing on the wall and nag and complain. It's not like there that important, except for child bearing. Far too often, american women are clueless and a real pain in the A*ss. Most populations recognize this and except affairs on both sides for this reason. It's not like she ever accomplished anything of merit. WIthout looks, it all falls apart and with so many young beautiful competition, who needs a ball and chain?

1259 days ago

Libby Garcia    

Arnold may be the king of the funny one liners but he's a dog and once a dog, a dog forever. Maria is better off without

1259 days ago


Oh well, I guess now she'll have her own show on OWN.....her friend Oprah's network.

1259 days ago


No Maria, you are a liberal, hence you are automatically unstable.

1259 days ago


After she is not "first lady of CA" bye bye now

1259 days ago


Steroids make you mentally unstable.His Pappa was a Nazi but _he's_not.Too bad he couldn't be the President because he wasn't born here.You have to be a natural citizen to be the President they say,and Arnold isn't.He sure did a good job getting California out of the red! I hear everything is just peachy in California.Good job Arnold! We don't care if you are unstable! Just make a moo-vee and I will sit there with glassy eyes and gawk at the idea of you as a zooperman ! Duh! I LIKE watching moo-vee's and Tee Vee too! Can you make some Tee Vee for me to stare at Arnold?

1259 days ago


What do you expect? Shes a Kennedy. My guess is that she knows he can't be President and she's officially used him for all of the political capital she can get from him. So, she dumps him and starts looking for someone she can have sex in the Lincoln bedroom with. Makes perfect sense to me...shes a Kennedy aka whore.

1259 days ago

Werbaz Neutron    

I'll bet he has much white hair under that brown dye job on his head. If he didn't do any better as a husband than he did as governor of california, no surprise she is leaving: better late than never I suppose. But, then, in such cases, there are three sides to the story: his side, her side and the truth.

1259 days ago

Mary Ingham    

An entrepreneur/capitalist/republican like Arnold should have known better than to get hitched with a liberal, country-hating, spoiled rotten Kennedy brat. Their faces say it all. She has those down turned lips and Arnold is the one smiling. East is east and West is west, etc.

1259 days ago


That's rich, coming from a Kennedy! Physician Maria, heal thyself.

1259 days ago
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