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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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31.

Al    

I am suprised they have been together this long. I never thought it would last and was surprised she even married him. He truly is out of her league

1158 days ago
32.

Dorothy Moore    

Stop whining people divorce everyday ... move on .. divorcing spending time in a hotel with him .. give me a break s t or get off the pot ....

1158 days ago
33.

wolf    

Old Story here, She became an old Scrawny looking Holy Roller Broad, while he maintained a more youth full look, her constant whining became too much for him to bear. He is better off alone, I never liked her anyway she was a rich spoiled Brat,

1158 days ago
34.

Steve Darden    

Why report their divorce because of celebrity status? I have met many couples who have divorced; they do not make headlines.

Let them tend their divorce in private and go on with their lives. Leave them alone.


Stephen H. Darden

1158 days ago
35.

Tuula    

Is this news.. over 50% of the marriages end up divorcing in the USA.

1158 days ago
36.

bluqe    

Oh my, another Kennedy is a disfunctional marriage. Why would that be a surprise to anyone. That said, just take a good look at Maria, my goodness the lady ia a nightmare walking. The "terminator", did the right thing, he evacuated and should feel better in the morning.

1158 days ago
37.

cindy    

Thats funny. Shes terrified of him. I use to wait tables in Calif 30+ yrs ago. I waited on these two. He was devoted to her and she was a mean bitch. She treated the staff terribly and he was always very nice. Always stopping to sign a childs autograph book. I always wondered what he saw in her besides the Kennedy name.

1158 days ago
38.

a man    

At least Arnold tried to "win" her back. But he did neglect her. For him, she was, after all, a trophy wife. Maria Shriver is intelligent, wealthy, she comes from a well-known family, and she did stay with Arnold for 25 years. What did Arnold expect? The ones I feel sorry for are their kids---not them. Both of them are wealthy and set for life. The kids, though, are going to have to go through their teens and college years with newly divorced parents. That can't be good for them. I'm just wondering if either one of them thought of therapy.

1158 days ago
39.

Beatrice    

Its probably a combination of a lot of things. I can't imagine that after 25 years there is just no feelings all. I think that maybe the loss of her father just made her feel she needed to put her life in a different perspective. She had a career-and she has been the supporting wife and mother. But, she may want more from life-and she has the right to still want to do something. Maybe she feels she needs to honor her father by doing more than what she has been. And there is nothing wrong with that. Its coming to terms with the fact you don't know how much time you have. Many women give up who they are for their family-and I don't think people ever really understand or appreciate that sacrifice. Sometimes mom's want to do more than make chocolate chip cookies. I wish her the best on her journey.

1158 days ago
40.

c4246    

I just can't sleep at night,waiting for your next entry as to who's doing who and what we can or should expect next. It is so exciting and I feel TMZ keeps me so informed to make it to another day of gossip I otherwise might have spent enjoying. Headlines of today are not news breaks but front page gossip columns. It seems that so many think everyone wants to know the dirty nitty gritty detail of everyone's sex life. The back page soap sections have become front page news because more women are the big influences of today in every dimension. Example: The Kentucky derby is not about horse racing - it is about the beautiful people and their hats. Did you see so and so? Wasn't she just darling? etc. - etc.

1158 days ago
41.

Kelly    

I think Maria had a fantasy about being dominated by a musclebound Nazi and it just went too far.

1158 days ago
42.

Don    

Life is good for Arnold. Just think, he is a conservative and got to screw a Kennedy. He got to have his cake and eat it too.

1158 days ago
43.

George    

No HELMET! What's this crap its their dam law and they don't abide by it??? Sorry I lost my head, they write laws for us to obey.

1158 days ago
44.

Linda    

To Maria: It isn't every day that a respected woman of your caliber comes to her senses and realizes that although she may seem to have it all, she actually has nothing at all. You have decided to take care of yourself and treat yourself with kindness, love and and self respect by leaving a man who is self centered, and egotistical.

"NO. YOU DON'T HAVE TO SETTLE ANYMORE MARIA".
GOD WANTS YOU TO BE HAPPY AND ABLE TO WORSHIP HIM WITHOUT DISTRACTION. HE LOVES YOU NO MATTER WHAT. YOU DID THE BEST YOU COULD HAVE DONE. YOU ARE NOW FREE AND HAVE THE POWER WITHIN YOURSELF TO CHANGE YOUR WORLD AND MOLD IT THE WAY YOU WANT AND THE WAY GOD WOULD WANT IT FOR YOU.
Doesn't it feel good to move on into a world of many men who would love you for you and love only you? A special man is out there when you are ready. Get ready for an exciting life and a life of self awareness that will shoot you into discovery of your own personal feminine, intelligent, attributes that have been suffocating for years. BREATHE MARIA, BREATHE! IT'S YOUR DAY NOW!


A friend you never knew you had, Linda

1158 days ago
45.

Cherise    

I know someone personally who used to be a nanny for them and she said that maria was a complete snot and that Arnald was the nicest guy. I also know someone who met them while they were in sunvally that confirmed this. why does every one assume that it is the guys fault typically speaking when someone accuseed the other of something it is because they them selves are guilty. Its about makeing the other person look bad. shame on her she should keep it to herself what ever happens between them is just that between them.

1158 days ago
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