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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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76.

reedhill    

1. IGNORE ALL NEGATIVITY AROUND YOU.

2. WHAT EVER YOUR TRUE PASSION IN LIFE HAS BEEN THAT YOU HAVE NEVER GIVEN TIME TO DO, OR NOT ENOUGH, NOW IS THE TIME, GIVE YOUR ALL INTO IT WETHER FOLKS UNDERSTAND IT OR NOT!

3. NEVER DOUBT YOUR GUT INSTINCTS, THEY ARE ALWAYS RIGHT.

4. THERE IS WAY MORE TO LIFE THAN ARNOLD AND HIS CRAP, MOVE ON!

1170 days ago
77.

JD    

Her religious beliefs? Sheeesh, the Kennedy's are long time Democrats, and it has long been known that Maria disagrees with Arnold's positions regarding much of his politics, (he's a Republican!). Now there's a good reason to split up.

1170 days ago
78.

Robert    

It is hard to even imagine being abused by a brainless gorilla like shwarts******. Didn't she realize he was gay when she married him. I don't know why they let him in our country to begin with. he should go right back where he cam from. There will be plenty of little boys for him there. We can ALL agree on that. Mariea you come to me and let a real man give you the things you have been craving for.

1170 days ago
79.

wakeup    

larlkook whats wrong with being a conservative, maybe if liberals tried some of these principles we would be better off?

First ask the question, should state government actually be doing this?
Always ask the question, is this the most efficient and effective way to do it?
Manage conservatively and spend less than you take in
Hold the reins when times are good
Prioritize when times are bad
Avoid debt
Keep taxes low
Ensure every initiative of state government is producing a measurable, positive outcome
Be a faithful steward of taxpayer dollars

1170 days ago
80.

Curly    

Look at that womans face. What a dried up angry looking person. Who would stay with a woman that is that mean looking. As people get older the wrinkles tend to indicate whether they are geneerally happy or sad. Arnold, dump the angry bit**.

1170 days ago
81.

jackie     

what bothers me is that ARONOLD was not born in this country
he became GOV nobody questioned him where he was born How come
OBAMA is getting intemadated where he born he had to show a birth papers witch he had its unfair i read or heard that arnold was living off men when he was a nobody its only what i heard besides care less good luck to both

1170 days ago
82.

Dee    

Before he came to this country...he was told you have to be Kennedy to became something in USA. So he married Maria to have a piece of Kennedy clan. Maria should have known this fact.
He just wanted a key to make it in this country. He has nothing in his head but only thing... he is connected to Kennedy.

1170 days ago
83.

Grace    

So many comments based on an unnamed source. Who cares what someone else is saying? Some of you people really need to get a life! You are so caught up in this crap. Take it for what it is, entertainment.

1170 days ago
84.

rebecca    

John the reason is this its because there are some people out there who thrive on this kind of news.. I myself could care less I think it should remain private, but thats the cost of being noteworthy in the media

1170 days ago
85.

Mary    

Dearest Maria and Arnold,
My advice after three marriages, [two ending painfully in divorce and one ending in his sudden death] is to go ahead and Mourn. As Jesus said, "Blessed is he was mourns for he will be comforted". Move through pain, but do not become a victim to it. Victimization is one of the WORST addictions known to mankind. I suggest you visualize noble and exciting NEW life for yourselves, with or without your marriage. As Jesus said, "Be born again!" That is YOUR choice, not the church's, your children's or your friends. God has given YOU total freedom to choose without judgment. Only the 'dogma' of religion judges.. God never does. That was Jesus' central message: Love God and Love your neighbor as yourself. Whatever you both choose..remember to continue to LOVE EACH OTHER in the same ways you LOVE YOURSELF/GOD. To this day I love with all my heart my three husbands of my past life, as I love with all my heart every person here on earth. May I suggest that you join me, after you move beyond your own self-created unhappiness and victimization, and take on the injustices and unhappiness of the entire world. Join REVOLUTION 2011 - On Earth WE Bring Heaven
http://www.maryhathspokane.com

1170 days ago
86.

Mary    

My Dearest Maria,
I am a 64 yrs. old now single. I had two 15 yr. marriages which ended in divorce and a 5 yr. marriage which ended in his heart attack death. Each ending was traumatic...like the end of the world. I loved and still do love with all my heart my three husbands. I receive 'heavenly messages' from the one now in heaven. All were controlling, and one even physically abusive; but, it was that aspect which, when I stood up and demanded respect etc., made me change.. a whimpy doormat wife into a powerful, confident and loving person. Yes, there will be great suffering for you both. Go ahead and cry often, but do not become addicted and become a victim. Set lofty, noble goals for yourselves...come change the world with me. Let's move beyond our individual suffering and take on the suffering of the entire world! Join me lets do this REVOLUTION 20ll - On Earth WE Bring Heaven! http://www.revolution2011.org

1170 days ago
87.

andel    

To tie someone down for years and years is a very selfish act on any partners part. Its like taking a life. OMG - when it is time to go it is time to go.

1170 days ago
88.

fox    

They outgrew each other. No regrets, don't look back. Just move on and think about the next best thing to do for personal growth. For Maria, write another book. Immerse yourself in volunteer work you love doing.

1170 days ago
89.

Margaret Anderson    

Maria, run don't walk to the nearest divorce court.
Arnold is the weirdest person.

1170 days ago
90.

MotorCityMama    

I'm so glad I dont live in California. Electing someone like that to government is such a slap in the face of educated adults. Can you imagine Arnie actually teamed up with former Michigan governor, Canadian born Jennifer Granholm to ask congress to change the constitution to allow non-American born people to run for president? Gawd! Can you see Arnie as prez?And Maria Shriver is no prize either. Being attached to that hot mess Kennedy family, throwing up her food 3 times a day and asking the public for advice? Being able to read a teleprompter is not talent. It's all about the publicity folks.

1170 days ago
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