The Governator and Wife Separate After 25 Years of Marriage

Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, journalist Maria Shriver, announced Monday that they were separating. And how can anyone be surprised? Sure, Shriver stood by her man during the 2003 California gubernatorial recall election, when an LA Times expose revealed that Schwarzenegger had a habit of harassing and groping women. But that might have just been to usher him into office.

Shriver clearly relished her role as first lady of California. The LA Times described her as “perhaps the most prominent and powerful first lady in California history.” But her husband left office in January. And let’s be honest — Would you want to be married to the Grope-inator?

The couple’s statement is after the jump.

This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us. After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion and prayer, we came to this decision together. At this time, we are living apart while we work on the future of our relationship.

We are continuing to parent our four children together. They are the light and the center of both of our lives. We consider this a private matter and neither we nor any of our friends or family will have further comment. We ask for compassion and respect from the media and the public.