After 25 years of marriage, former California governor and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, have announced their separation.
In a joint statement to the LA Times, the former couple says: "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."
The couple met in 1977, when NBC's Tom Brokaw introduced Maria to Arnold at a charity tennis tournament. The two married in 1986, and have four children. Maria will move out of their California mansion.