Before Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger announced their separation Monday, Shriver had appeared in a video asking for advice on handling major life transitions, saying, "Maybe it would help me."
"Like a lot of you, I'm in transition," the former TV journalist said in the March 28 video, one of a series that appears regularly on her women's-advocacy website, MariaShriver.com. "It's so stressful to not know what you're doing next." Looking tense and tired, she speaks of how "every idea you have you think, 'Well, maybe I shouldn't do that.' "
Divisive issues may have included their increasingly separate lives and Schwarzenegger's extensive traveling, suggested People magazine and The Associated Press, which also noted that during his 2003 gubernatorial campaign, newspapers reported accusations that Schwarzenegger had a history of groping women. Schwarzenegger later conceded to campaign supporters that he "behaved badly sometimes."
The couple has four children, ages 13 to 21. Son Patrick, a 17-year-old model, tweeted Tuesday, "Appreciate all your messages. Small speed bump I'n [sic] life, luckily we own hummers, we will cruise right over it. All will be okay. #peace."
In mid-March, Shriver, 55, began being seen without her wedding ring, TMZ said, noting Schwarzenegger, 63, stopped wearing his ring after the couple's joint statement announcing their separation was released Monday.
The two appear amicable despite the split, however, and celebrated Easter, Mother's Day and even their 25th anniversary, on April 26, together -- though neither, both well-versed in social media, made any public mention of it.