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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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406.

Paul    

"those angry eyes, those angry teeth...it reminds me of Christmas at the Kennedy compound."

The Simpsons Movie

1241 days ago
407.

Jimmy44    

I find it very hard to believe that a member of the Kennedy family would be upset with a husband that chased after other women. The whole Male side of the Kennedy clan did the same thing. After all, the Kennedy males are one of a small group that can say they screwed the whole country.

1241 days ago
408.

adm    

I remember when Maria's chin was so pointed, she could open a can of peas. Today, she's so scrawny, she takes the ugly "Kennedy" look to the extreme.

1241 days ago
409.

Smith    

Typical liberal wife, calling ex-hubby-to-be names. She shouldn't have gone in for all that surgery, she's become a flappy-lipped harridan.

1240 days ago
410.

Hyman Goldberg    

I can't blame Arnold. Old Bones is FUGULY!!

Find some new Tail and BONE, Arnold!

1240 days ago
411.

Hyman Goldberg    

Watched the video!

Damn a transition, Skeletor! Eat 5 steaks and drink some beer!

1240 days ago
412.

Pamela    

maria Never needed arnold he was the gold digger and she should be glad to be rid of this Musle bound wannabe heclearly is and always has been a USER!! glad to hear she has way to much class for the big A Hole anyway GO maria and don't look back He used you plain as day !!

1240 days ago
413.

SELENA    

always enjoyed Maria on the news, she can look beautiful at times and average at other times, so what. He is a brute. It always surprised me he was voted Governor, doesn't make sense,hope she goes back to broadcasting and he goes back to wherever he emigrated from.

1240 days ago
414.

bazel    

I think this story is totally bogus. These two have been married for 25 yrs and produced, together, 4 children. You really think he's unbearable??? I think she's just too tired to be a public figure anymore (which she has publicly stated) and Arnold still has amazing drive, stamina, and passion for his work. I think Maria needs to find her new passion and she better hurry, because Arnold will not wait long for physical companionship and no man should have to. Women are really dumb when they withhold sex and affection, and then wonder why their men stray.

1240 days ago
415.

Lee    

Afraid emotionally? How in the world can the Catholic church condone this divorce?

1240 days ago
416.

Kathy    

Eratic and unstable.......Your "source" sounds eratic and unstable. TMZ the whole story sounds fake.....you have no credibility when you write stuff like this! LOL

1238 days ago
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Barbara 725    

Maria deserves much better than an egotistical pumped-up airhead that cheats on her.

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