Maria had been unhappy with Arnold for years. She first planned a marital split in 2009 but she decided to hold off on the break when her mother died. Then, Maria tried to break it off again in January 2011, but then her father died. Once again, Maria’s decision was put on hold.
Eventually, however, Maria had had enough of Arnold’s extra-marital affairs and his unreasonable behaviour at home. It had got to the point that even the couple’s kids were telling Maria to leave him.
Maria has the backing of a famous and wealthy American family and a strong public persona. Despite this, friends say that the problems within the marriage had reduced her to a shell of the woman she once was. She is apparently “terrified” of the emotional damage marriage to Schwarzenegger is doing her.
So, finally, she made a decision and the couple announced their split. Maria is now living in a fancy Beverly Hills hotel. To his credit, Arnold is now reported to be “working extremely hard” to win back his wife. A source close to Maria said, “He could not be sweeter now that she’s left him.”
The separation waters have been muddied by the fact that the couple have been spending an awful lot of time together lately. They spent Easter, Mother’s Day and even their 25th anniversary together. The landmark anniversary was celebrated together at an expensive hotel.
The ambivalence about the break-up is said by a friend to be as a result of the “serious chemistry between them.” But even with the chemistry, Maria was miserable enough to call time on her marriage and it seems the children agreed.
Their son, Patrick Schwarzenegger (17), says all will be OK – because they own Hummers!
On Twitter yesterday, he said “Appreciate all your messages. Small speed bump in life, luckily we own hummers, we will cruise right over it. All will be okay. #peace.”
Interestingly, Patrick’s username on Twitter has his father’s last name while his profile name is listed as Patrick Shriver, using his mother’s maiden name. I wonder if he changed that recently.
Life does indeed look good for Patrick. He’s just signed with L.A. Models and is also a businessman and all-round party animal who counts Tallulah Willis, Selena Gomez and Kendall Jenner among his friends.
He seems to have moved on. Despite the recent time spent with Maria for their important days, so does Arnold. He was spotted on a bike ride on Monday without his wedding ring, hours before the split was made public. However, he was wearing his ring on Sunday, unlike Maria, who hasn’t worn hers since mid-March. That was right after Maria posted a cryptic video on YouTube asking her fans for advice on how to “transition” into the next phase of her life.