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Schwarzenegger, Shriver separate

LOS ANGELES -- Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, have separated, with Shriver moving out of their mansion in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles while the two determine the next step in their 25-year marriage.

Shriver, 55, has been residing apart from the actor-turned-politician, 63, for the last few weeks. The former first couple confirmed the separation in a joint statement released yesterday after questions were raised by the Los Angeles Times.

"This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us," the statement read. "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."

Their marriage has come under scrutiny, including in 2003, when the Times reported on Schwarzenegger's lengthy history of groping women. At the time, Shriver defended her husband. Since Schwarzenegger left office, it had seemed the two were living separate lives. -- Los Angeles Times

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