A court in Los Angeles has made Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver’s divorce official 10 years after they separated following the actor-turned-politician’s infidelity, US media reported Wednesday.
It has been reported that divorce proceedings took a particularly long time because of the number of financial assets to negotiate.
Who Is Maria Owings Shriver?
Maria Owings Shriver is an American journalist, author, member of the Kennedy family, former First Lady of California, and the founder of the nonprofit organization The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement. The couple, who met in 1977 and were married in 1986, have four children together- Katherine, 32, Christina, 30, Patrick, 28, and Christopher, 24.
What Was The Reason Behind Their Divorce?
Shriver, first filed for divorce in July 2011. Weeks later, the ‘Terminator’ star admitted to having an affair with the family nanny, Mildred Baena, with whom he had a son in 1997. On the outside, they were the perfect couple with over 25 years of marriage, four children and a lifetime full of memories.
“After leaving the governor’s office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago,” Schwarzenegger, who was governor of California from 2003 to 2011, said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times when he and Shriver separated.
When they separated in 2011, the couple released a statement.
“This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us,” the couple said. “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.
They went on: “We are continuing to parent our four children together. They are the light and the centre of both of our lives. We consider this a private matter and neither we nor any of our friends or family will have further comment.”