The couple is separating after 25 years of marriage

After 25 years of marriage, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 63, and Maria Shriver, 55, announced their separation on May 9, four months after Schwarzenegger finished his second and final term as governor of California. ”At this time, we are living apart, while we work on the future of our relationship,” the pair said in a joint statement. When Schwarzenegger and Shriver wed in 1986, many saw an oddly matched pair: He was an Austrian-born Republican movie star; she was the Democratic scion of the Kennedy clan (Shriver’s the niece of late president John F. Kennedy). Shriver worked as a TV journalist while Schwarzenegger transitioned from action hero to politician, earning the nickname the Governator when he was elected to office in 2003. Along the way, the couple had four children, now ages 13 to 21. Up next: Shriver will continue running her official website, which promotes female empowerment, and Schwarzenegger is eyeing a Hollywood comeback. In addition to engaging in talks for the drama Cry Macho and shopping a deal for a fifth Terminator film (see page 23), Schwarzenegger announced in EW last month that his first project will be a Governator animated TV series and comic book developed with Stan Lee, using elements from his real life, including his marriage to Shriver. Schwarzenegger, however, admitted that she had not yet been made aware of it. ”It will be a big surprise for her,” he said. However, a rep for Governator says the series is fictional and no members of Schwarzenegger’s family will be portrayed.