While Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that their separation was a decision made together, sources have come out saying that Shriver had contemplated a divorce since at least 2009.
The sources are not named and the articles comes from TMZ, meaning the news should be taken with a grain of salt, but the story says that Shriver had been unhappy and wanted to end the marriage for a long time:
“We're told Maria has been unhappy with Arnold for years ... and first planned to split with him back in 2009 ... but her mother passed away and Maria decided to hold off.
“Then, we're told, Maria wanted to try to break it off again in January 2011 ... but her father died ... once again putting the split on hold.”
The sources went on to say that Shriver was fed up with Schwarzenegger's infidelities, an attribute that she used to aggressively deny he had an issue with to the public. The womanizing was very present, according to the unnamed sources. It may have been a key reason that they separated even.
Shriver also moved out of the couple's mansion months ago, not just a few weeks ago as originally reported. Since she moved out, Schwarzenegger has been “working extremely hard” to win back Shriver and “he could not be sweeter now that she's left him.”
Despite their issues, and the fact that the two have been living almost completely separate lives since Schwarzenegger left office, there is still “serious chemistry between them,” making the transition even harder for the couple. Even while the decision to end the marriage appears to be a long-time coming for Shriver, the statement released yesterday sheds light on her hope to still have Schwarzenegger in her life in one capacity or another.
“This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us,” the statement read. “At this time, we are living apart while we work on the future of our relationship.”