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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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the bible says divorce is okay-just because you're catholic-doesn't mean you need to stay in a miserable marriage.

1265 days ago


Why be so selfish and tie someone down. They had a 25 year run at now it is time to move on.

1265 days ago


Arnold is a piece of garbage, did nothing but contnue to help the state go downhill since he took office. He had zero control over the union beast and was acutally afraid of them. The biggest liar on the planet and I'll never, ever see a movie he's in again. Before he left office he cut his best buddie's kids sentance for murder in half, then slithered off into the sunset to bag more stupid females enamored with him.... Sorry excuse for a human.

1265 days ago

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1265 days ago

Red Sam Rackham    

Paul138 28 minutes ago
Maria Shriver is a Kennedy, she should know that womanizing
is part of the deal..Didn't she learn anything from her uncles??
It's not just the Kennedy men who fool around, Paul. Kerry Kennedy (Bobby's daughter) cheated on her husband (Mario Cuomo's son) so he divorced her!
Audrey 22 minutes ago
I am no particular fan of Maria Schriber, but of course Arnold now wants Maria back. Even someone with the IQ of a doorknob knows that without the prestige of Maria's name Arnold returns to his true image -- a hunk of muscle fired up by steroids.
Obviously Audrey is no fan or she'd know that it's SHRIVER, not Shriber! LOL☺

1265 days ago

Sue in VA    

It takes 2 to make a marriage work, and 1 to make it fail.

1265 days ago

Sue in VA    

It takes 2 to make a marriage work, and 1 to make it fail.

1265 days ago


All of us are surprized that Arnold hung in there for as long as he did with this person. She is nothing more than a: "High Maintenance& Money Hungry Kennedy " & getting uglier by the month - while Arnold is 'doing just fine '.

1265 days ago

Red Sam Rackham    

Pamela 33 minutes ago
She should of left him hears ago as there was talk about him womanizing way back then. He can't settle down to one woman, he has a very big ego. I never like him at all. I hope he fades away now and goes back to the country he came from.
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SHOULD OF?!?!?!? OMG, don't our schools teach grammar anymore? There is no SHOULD OF (or Could Of or Would Of). It's either SHOULD HAVE or SHOULD'VE! Forgive me for being the Grammar Police but "Should Of" makes you sound so ignorant regardless of how intelligent your opinion may be! GET IT RIGHT, PEOPLE! Thank you.☺

1265 days ago


tell maria, im still available..she can always call me

1265 days ago


Ladies, when oh when are you goung to realize that "ALL MEN ARE DOGS". IT dosen't matter who they are.And it dosen't matter how good the sex is at home, unless there is a dedication to Love and Cherish your mate, along with the closeness. A man will look elsewhere for simply a release or some newness for his virility. If they all were found out,and the Wife can't forgive this behavior, then hardly any Marriages would exist.
The only advice I can give is to keep building his Ego, for which he survives on. I know how difficult that has to be.
I have determined NOT to ever cheat again, but if I do, I will walk away from my mate.

1265 days ago


Seriously Carole who wrote "I'm sure "Maria" was no easy woman to live with....don't think it was all him. He should have known when he married her what she would become - another Kennedy mess."

Wow, didn't know you knew them well. Yes, in separation/divorce it goes both ways. But to imply it has to do with political affiliations is bogus. What a narrow minded perspective- of course, you live the perfect life right?

1265 days ago


both really believe in there vowes,he also wants his movie to take off,divorce not the answer................

1265 days ago

Rita Hughes    

To Rat Master.......maybe she wasn't a whining skeleton until hubby turned her into one......just saying

1265 days ago


He is a womanizer and she feels neglected? Come on! She is a Kennedy. Thats what male Kenndey's do, she should be used to seeing this within her family. She should do what every female Kennedy has done. Ignore it.

1265 days ago
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