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Why Did Maria Shriver & Arnold Schwarzenegger Split When Family Was Their Priority

By Sunny Chanel |

Arnold Schwarzeneggar and his wife Maria Shriver have split

Maria Shriver & Arnold Schwarzenegger have split up. And while some say their seperation was a long time coming, many were shocked to hear the news. Why? Because both Maria Shriver & Arnold Schwarzenegger have been very vocal in support of ‘family values,’ the importance of marriage and the family unit. So what went wrong? Why did they break up and why did they go public with their split now?

There are several reasons which probably went into play in their breakup, Maria Shriver gave up her career so Arnold Schwarzenegger could run for governor and she could be first lady, after 25-years of marriage they probably grew apart and then there is that whole republican vs. democrate belief system at play. But it is still surprising that they didn’t stick together especially because of their strong message of parents staying together and providing a stable home for their kids and their message about the importance of the institution of marriage.

Their run in the govenor’s mansion ended in January 3rd, 2011, so there was no need to put on a public front on their marriage. And the other big thing? Their four children weren’t children anymore. Katherine is 21-years-old, Christina is 19-years-old, Patrick is 17-years old and the youngest is Christopher who is 13-years-old. Did they feel like they could now break up since their kids were all old enough to understand? A couple years ago Maria said about marriage and what she tells her kids,” I just say to my boys and to my girls, if you get married, and I hope you do, know that it will not be easy.” A message that is now loud and clear for their offspring.

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0 thoughts on “Why Did Maria Shriver & Arnold Schwarzenegger Split When Family Was Their Priority

  1. Cee says:

    To Arnold, you are a few months older than my husband while you Maria is a few months younger than I am. My husband and I got married in 1986 as well and will be celebrating our 25th anniversary this coming September. My husband was born and raised in the US, I was born in South America and came to the US at age sixteen. We have a lot of differences in our culture, something that is embedded in each of us.
    Besides that I had three kids from a previous marriage that we raised together, they are all now grown and live on their own.
    Most of us usually conquor the small tests during the early years. But there comes a time in a long relationship when you get to take your finals. As in an exam, the test is ” true love”. The principle love after the romantic love cools off, where we say in the vows (till death us do part). Here is where most couples fail.
    One good peace of advise I can share along with my husband. Is……never allow money, career, sex, illiness, polotics, religion or advise from family and friends break apart what God has put together. Unless of course (adultry.
    Always remember, that the father of wickedness in our world (the devil) wil be a happy camper when he breaks up your family.

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