Published in the Style Section of The New York Times on April 27, 1986 was the following wedding announcement: “Maria Owings Shriver, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. Sargent Shriver of Washington, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, a son of Aurelia Schwarzenegger of Graz, Austria, and the late Gustav Schwarzenegger, were married yesterday in Hyannis, Mass. The Rev. John Baptist Riordan performed the ceremony at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church.”
Fast forward 25 years to this morning’s announcement that the very public couple is – well, for lack of a better term – terminating. According to today’s Associated Press coverage, “former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Shriver announced their separation late Monday, cleaving a sometimes-turbulent 25-year relationship after ‘a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us,’ the couple said in a joint statement.”
The marriage fizzled just four short months after Arnold’s (I know it’s proper for a writer to refer to somebody throughout by their last name…. but give me a break. I’m liable to get carpal tunnel following that rule with this guy!) two-term stint as California’s governor – “a job his wife never wanted him to pursue.” Hmm… interesting. Do you think she didn’t like the cut-throat political world or was she just pissed that her husband decided to run a state who’s name he couldn’t pronounce?
Since leaving office, Arnold has been touring, advocating, and discussing green energy solutions, yet has no idea why it’s ironic that he pulls up in a Hummer. Together the couple, Arnold, 63, and Shriver, 55, have four children: Katherine, 21, Christina, 19, Patrick, 17, and Christopher, 13. They have decided to both continue parenting the children (As apposed to what? Giving them each $50 bucks and sayin’, “Hey… it’s been real.”). They released the following in their joint statement: “After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion, and prayer, we came to this decision together.”
In 2003, our handsy muscle man was accused once again regarding his history of groping as reported by the Los Angeles Times. A time where Shriver still stood by her husband’s side. Then again, her right ass-check was in the palm of his hand, so she didn’t have much of a choice. Arnold later admitted that he, “behaved badly sometimes.” According to AP reports, “Shriver has moved out of the couple’s gated estate in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood, but they remain on speaking terms. They had brunch with their children on Mother’s Day in a tony restaurant in Santa Monica, and met privately on their wedding anniversary last month.”
I hear when they officially broke up, Arnold couldn’t resist saying, “I’ll be back.”
(Image from LA Times)Tags: Arnold Schwarzenegger, breakup, California, divorce, Maria Shriver