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Arnold Schwarzenegger

Resigned to Divorce

4/11/2012 1:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Maria Shriver and Arnold SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger would like Maria Shriver to take him back, but he's not holding out hope and is at peace with the likely end of his marriage ... sources very close to the actor tell TMZ.

As TMZ first reported, Maria has waffled on divorcing her hubby, partly because he still has a strong emotional hold on her and partly because divorce runs counter to her religion. But we're told as time passes and both Arnold and Maria have created separate lives, divorce is looking more certain.

We're told Arnold believes Maria's friends have done everything they can to poison the waters, imploring Maria to stay clear of him.

And our sources say Arnold and Maria are already "very close" in working out a financial settlement.

Whatever they decide, we're told both Arnold and Maria are in lockstep over one thing -- making the break up as painless as possible for their kids.

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31.

Mayu    

Not sure why she's holding her religion as a reason not to get divorced. She called HERSELF a cafeteria Catholic, meaning she "Picks and chooses" what part of her faith she chooses to believe in. She's not a true Catholic. Whether you agree or not, one strong Dogma is the right to life... abortion being murder in the eyes of Catholics. She is pro-abortion. The church's views are unmovable, it is considered a mortal sin to not only take a life, even of the unborn, but to celebrate the act. You can't pick and choose what parts of your religion you agree with. You either follow the church's teaching, or you are not a true member of that faith. Religion is not about convenience. So just get divorced. You're not a true Catholic anyway.

824 days ago
32.

Horndog    

"... Arnold believes Maria's friends have done everything they can to poison the waters, imploring Maria to stay clear of him."

Ahem. Arnold's actions pretty much account for that whole poisoning the waters claim.

824 days ago
33.

Dawn    

Soooo...I wasn't that he kept cheating on her and having sex with their live-in maid, having a baby with her and hiding it...noooo...her friends are pushing her to divorce him?...WHAT AN ASS!

824 days ago
34.

Arla    

I know not everyone is going to agree with me, but don't you think these women are a little ridiculous to act shocked when they find out their celebrity/politician/other powerful position-holding husband has been with other women?? When a man has power and money and can have any woman he wants, can you really expect him to avoid all that temptation all the time? If the situation really is what the tabloids say it is, then if I were her I would just be happy that he actually loves me, that I'm the #1 woman in his life and the mother of almost all of his children, and that he doesn't want to LEAVE me, he just fooled around a little on the side and when he got the woman pregnant, he didn't run away. He paid for the child and for the house for them and lots of extras along the way. I would consider myself pretty lucky compared to the wives of some other powerful men!

824 days ago
35.

fargone    

How could any man want to cheat on her?

824 days ago
36.

Sincerity    

At least they're both being "HONEST" with each other about the actual status of their relationship. Maria Shriver knew Arnold Schwarzenegger WASN'T A "SAINT" when she married him and the "BETRAYALS" have become just too "UNBEARABLE"!!! Now, he can do all the "WHORING" HE WANTS and NOTHING WILL BE SAID!!! Maria Shriver no longer has to "WORRY" about the "HELP" helping themselves to her husband in her absence!!! She can even "occasionally" drop in for a "BOOTY CALL" and keep it on the "DOWN LOW"!!! NO ONE HAS TO KNOW!!! Now it's her turn "TO HAVE "HER" CAKE AND EAT IT TOO"!!!

824 days ago
37.

Sandra     

Arnold is a creep who did not respect his wife!! Maria needs to divorce him and good for her friends for being honest with her!!

824 days ago
38.

supermom    

I hope Maria finds the hottest, most fit and well endowed boy toy after she divorces Arnie and I hope Arnie chokes on it. Suck it Arnie!

824 days ago
39.

Belizeanborn    

Right, her "friends" is the reason why she is divorcing you, not the fact that you cheated with the housekeeper and had a child who is a few weeks older than the child you had with Maria, then kept said housekeeper in your employ and in your house for 13 years until the truth was uncovered, not by you, but by a tabloid mag that thoroughly embarrassed your entire family and expose YOUR narcissistic behavior to the enire world. Did I miss anything, you creep.

824 days ago
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dater date    

"working out a financial settlement" Jesse jacobz of http://www.datinglux.com/blog -some are of the view that the money sharing issue is what has kept them together. L think this is one of the longest celeb marriages in US. l use to point it out as a model, but not it is going down the drain. l still love to see them together, there is still that sweet love between them.

822 days ago
41.

Lin    

NOTE TO SELF.

Never hire a maid. lols....

797 days ago
42.

SARAH SCOTT    

I HOPE MARIA TAKES ARNOLD BACK BECAUSE HE PROBABLY STRAYED DUE TO HER BEING GONE ON TRIPS A LOT. I DO KNOW YOU CAN STILL LOVE SOMEONE AND HAVE AN AFFAIR WITH SOMEONE ELSE .THE AMAZING THING TO ME IS THE FACT THAT MOST WOMEN CAN FORGIVE AN AFFAIR BUT ONCE THEY FIND OUT A BABY IS COMING OR ALREADY HERE THEY GO APE. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE? THEY ARE HAVING SEX . CHILDREN DO NOT KEEP A MARRIAGE TOGETHER BUT TRUE LOVE DOES AND I BELIEVE ARNOLD LOVES MARIA AND THIS HAS SURELY TAUGHT HIM A LESSON.CAN YOU IMAGINE ALL THE STRESS HE WAS ENDURING ALL THESE YEARS WORRYING MARIA WOULD FIND OUT ABOUT THE CHILD AND AFRAID IF HE FIRED THE MAID SHE WOULD TELL MARIA AND THE MAID PROBABLY REFUSED TO GET AN ABORTION BECAUSE THIS WAS A GOOD TICKET FOR HER.

788 days ago
43.

denis wittman    

His drive or testosterone probably made him what he is - The bad - brought his marriage a curve ball - it is not in his power but Maria's. Life is finite, that clock will resolve all loose ends. Sure wish we had wishes to make things right. Everybody needs a wish or two.

762 days ago
44.

liz    

he is hot

178 days ago
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