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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."

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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.


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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.

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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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46.

john bruno    

She'll be much happier with the $500 million she'll get from their assets acquired during the marriage.

1264 days ago
47.

dootise    

arnold schwarzenegger is no prize..multiple facelifts, makeup on his hands, dyed hair, arrogant ...only ever in love with himself..how long will it be before he shows up with a bimbo the age of his daughters on his arm. Wanna take bets. lots of sound and fury and grunts...signifying nothing. What the hell does he need a bodyguard now for? no one cares. He's just starting to realize that the Kennedy family will erase him from their collective memories very quickly. and stop criticizing Maria's bone structure..her family has pronounced cheekbones..She has gorgeous eyes, a pedigree and her daughters are both beauties..who say their sperm donor father for what he is..nuff said.

1264 days ago
48.

dootise    

For the last two years as boobengrabber..the boobengrabber flew home from sacramento on the rentajet with a different bimbo every night..the plane was said to smell..upon his departure..like cigars and sex. He was the worst governor in California history and a long time womanizer and abuser of women..good for his kids for seeing what his mother apparently couldn't. The only reason he's being nice to her now is because of her half-a kennedy status...She doesn't need his nonsense at all.

1264 days ago
49.

Dusty    

oh puh-leeeeze give me a break ,,, wonder if she wants some cheese with that whine..... this is a woman that has NEVER sweated paying a bill in her entire life but she is going to get on here and ask for advise on financial , spiritual etc... She don't even live in the real world. She is spoiled rotten, literally born with a GOLD spoon in her mouth. She needs to shut up and do what the rest of us do. YO Maria you are free and waaaaaaaaaay over 21 soooo put your big girl panties on and deal with it like a grown woman. Your sniveling pretty girl always get it your way days are OVER.

1264 days ago
50.

william rauh    

She is a Kennedy and he has a big and powerful tool he like to play around with....what else would you expect.....Probably the REAL reason she is 'so conflicted' too.

1264 days ago
51.

l1a1h1    

He's only part of the European mind set. Women are a dime a dozen and are to be discarded after repeated abuse. Look to the muslims for the worst case scenarios. Romanian women take some of the worst treatment in the world. I swear, if I ever see a man strike a woman, he will soon wish he was the one wearing the skirt to protect him from me. So you were born with a three inch penis, so what, don't take it out on your woman because if you do, I'll take it out on you, wimp!

1264 days ago
52.

dootise    

poor poor Dusty..he'll never know what it's like to have a pedigree.

1264 days ago
53.

Dusty    

oh puh-leeeeze give me a break ,,, wonder if she wants some cheese with that whine..... this is a woman that has NEVER sweated paying a bill in her entire life but she is going to get on here and ask for advise on financial , spiritual etc... She don't even live in the real world. She is spoiled rotten, literally born with a GOLD spoon in her mouth. She needs to shut up and do what the rest of us do. YO Maria you are free and waaaaaaaaaay over 21 soooo put your big girl panties on and deal with it like a grown woman. Your sniveling pretty girl always get it your way days are OVER.

1264 days ago
54.

Smartcookie    

You know, do any of you personally know them?? I dont know why they feel they need to report to anyone that they are spliting up, it should be kept to themselves and none of us know the whys of the situations, so STOP pointing fingers,,, NEEDLESS GOSSIP is just that,, And really those of you making comments that are so judgemental maybe need to take a look in the MIRROR or grab some SKELETONS out of your own closets,,, what ever happens i wish everyone the best...

1264 days ago
55.

Linda    

So much for their statement that "no friends or family will speak further details to the press or public". Some friends or family they have, failing to respect their privacy.

1264 days ago
56.

wakeup    

Maria is a lost soul, seems she is the one with the ego preoblem, she cant stand not being adored like Arnold. Im not an Arnold fan by any means, but tell me where in all that is written does it sound like Arnold is such a terrible person? Everyone has flaws and she is showing hers.

I hear accusations of women but I dont see or hear of any names? Could be a bunch of BS.

I read she posted to her fans...LOL fans, what she should do and how can she transform into the next phase of her life...LOL she is nuts to boot! And she is the one in need os adoration, and is jealous of anyone who gets it.

1264 days ago
57.

Anderson    

Maria looks terrible and always has. Her name made her act to be above everyone. Why would she put herself out on youtube ?? She looks like a crazy person and good for Arnold her is rid of her. l can not remember in the last 10 years that he cheated or ever. Personally l do not like Arnold but he is way more than the loser she makes him out to be. Why not go back to make movies ? Maria get a life and get over "Kennedy". Get a face lift or anything to get rid of your uglyness.

1264 days ago
58.

oralalex    

Arnold is a Steroid Brain damaged, self promoting hyupocrit! Go Away NOW!!

1264 days ago
59.

J.E.B.    

It's widely known that body-builders are obsessed with themselves, and their body. They can't get that way unless they completely focus on THEMSELVES. And then they have a HUGE ego.

1264 days ago
60.

milonou    

never did see this union in any light.
neither party apeals to me
chemistry..hum that is a joke..... sex cures that senity

both are paying the price for power and fame

It is sad . a lot of people are hurting especially their children,,,they pay the higher price but this is reality.

1264 days ago
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