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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, a political couple “in transition” after 25 high-profile years (photos)

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver during a 9/11 memorial ceremony in 2003. (Mark J. Terrill/ AP )

Shriver and Schwarzenegger on their wedding day in 1986. (David Tenenbaum/ AP)

A complicated time for a couple, you think maybe? Shriver spelled it out in a video she posted on her Web site in late March, only now drawing a lot of eyeballs:

Schwarzenegger and Shriver and their four children during his first inauguration as governor of California. (Hector Mata/AFP)

“Like a lot of you I’m in transition,” said Shriver (who lost not only her role as first lady but both parents, Eunice and Sarge Shriver, recently). “It is so stressful to not know what you’re doing next. . . How do you get through it?” She did not appear to be wearing her wedding ring. After inquiries from reporters, the couple acknowledged late Monday that she has moved out of their L.A. mansion, “while we work on the future of our relationship.”

At his second swearing-in in 2007. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

His GOP bona fides were sometimes questioned because of her liberal politics, and she reluctantly left her NBC job after concerns were raised about her journalistic objectivity, what with being married to the leader of the nation’s most populous state.

Ultimately, Shriver, now 55, played a pivotal role in his 2003 election when she stood up for him amid allegations he had groped numerous women over the years.

Shriver at Schwarzenegger’s U.S. citizenship ceremony in 1983. (Wally Fong/AP)

While Shriver’s next career step is unclear, her husband, now 63, has been exploring movie roles again.

And how about those kids? There are four of them, close to grown, and just now beginning to seize the spotlight that seems their destiny: Katherine, 21, who just published a self-help book; Christina, 20; Patrick, 17, recently profiled in Details for his entrepreneurial ventures and general handsomeness; and Christopher, 14. “They are the light and the center of both of our lives,” their parents said in their statement, asking for privacy at this time.

Read also in Reliable Source: Another Kennedy cousin weds: William Kennedy Smith, May 9, 2011

Read earlier in Style: Kennedy kin Maria Shriver readies for life after California governor’s mansion Nov. 2, 2010


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