Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger have broken up after twenty-five years of marriage. After raising four children, the two have parted ways perhaps waiting for their kids to mature before dropping this kind of bomb. From the outside, it was a surprise announcement from this power couple, a pair that seemed to beat the odds from the get-go - Shriver coming from the Kennedy clan and Schwarzenegger an Austrian born body builder. And they made it work…for a while.
There had been rumors of issues in the Shriver/ Schwarzenegger from political differences (she’s a die hard Democrat while Schwarzenegger is a total Republican), there were allegations that Schwarzenegger ‘groped’ other women, and that the two had simply grown apart, and after a quarter of a century together, it is something very plausible. But why did they announce their separation now? Did it have to do with their kids?
There is word that Maria had wanted to leave Arnold for the last two years, but not only did she have her first lady of California duties but they may have wanted to wait until their children were a bit older. Their kids – no doubt – were probably a very big factor in their decision to delay their separation, if in fact that speculation is true.
In a statement to the press the couple said that, “we are continuing to parent our four children together. They are the light and the center of both of our lives.” And being that their children have been so important to them, it would make sense that they would stay together for their sake. Their four children are now old enough to understand a big issue like divorce or separation; 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. The youngest will probably be the most affected by the change in their household.
Many parents struggling in their marriage opt to try to stay together for their children, but then the kids are growing up in an household with an unhappy couple. Others break up without trying to put on to put on a façade of being a couple, but then the kids have what many call a “broken home.” It’s a struggle either way. Hopefully Maria and Arnold will handle their separation with dignity, class and do what is best for their children.
Were you surprised to hear the news of their separation?
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