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Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife of 25 years Maria Shriver are separating (AP)

Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife of 25 years Maria Shriver are separating (AP)

A visitor looks at an art work entitled 'Arnold Schwarzenegger' created by Shu Yong on display at the Art Beijing 2011 contemporary art fair in Beijing Saturday, April 30, 2011. (AP Photo)

A visitor looks at an art work entitled 'Arnold Schwarzenegger' created by Shu Yong on display at the Art Beijing 2011 contemporary art fair in Beijing Saturday, April 30, 2011. (AP Photo)

Andy Wong

LONDON - FILE: (UK PAPERS OUT) Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver attend the party of "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" on July 21, 2003  at Victoria House, London. The couple have announced their seperation after 25 years of marriage. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

LONDON - FILE: (UK PAPERS OUT) Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver attend the party of "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" on July 21, 2003 at Victoria House, London. The couple have announced their seperation after 25 years of marriage. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Dave Hogan

SACRAMENTO, CA - FILE:  California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger kisses his wife, Maria Shriver, after a swearing-in ceremony November 17, 2003 in Sacramento. Schwarzenegger became the 38th governor of California after he defeated governor Gray Davis in a historic recall election in October.  The couple have announced their seperation after 25 years of marriage.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SACRAMENTO, CA - FILE: California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger kisses his wife, Maria Shriver, after a swearing-in ceremony November 17, 2003 in Sacramento. Schwarzenegger became the 38th governor of California after he defeated governor Gray Davis in a historic recall election in October. The couple have announced their seperation after 25 years of marriage. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Justin Sullivan

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FILE:  Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and wife Maria Shriver arrive at the 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel January 16, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California.  The couple have announced their seperation after 25 years of marriage. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FILE: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and wife Maria Shriver arrive at the 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel January 16, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. The couple have announced their seperation after 25 years of marriage. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)

Carlo Allegri

LAS VEGAS - FILE:  California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver arrive at the Keep Memory Alive Foundation's 10th annual gala to benefit the Lou Ruvo Alzheimer's Institute at the MGM Grand Conference Center February 11, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS - FILE: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver arrive at the Keep Memory Alive Foundation's 10th annual gala to benefit the Lou Ruvo Alzheimer's Institute at the MGM Grand Conference Center February 11, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Ethan Miller

FILE -- In an April 25, 1986 file photo Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger poses with his bride Maria Shriver following their wedding ceremony in Hyannis, Mass. Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife of 25 years, Maria Shriver, announced Monday May 9, 2011, that they are separating.   (AP Photo/file)

FILE -- In an April 25, 1986 file photo Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger poses with his bride Maria Shriver following their wedding ceremony in Hyannis, Mass. Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife of 25 years, Maria Shriver, announced Monday May 9, 2011, that they are separating. (AP Photo/file)

FILE - In this file photo taken Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger kisses his wife, Maria Shriver, after taking his oath of office in Sacramento, Calif, .The couple announced their separation Monday, May 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

FILE - In this file photo taken Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger kisses his wife, Maria Shriver, after taking his oath of office in Sacramento, Calif, .The couple announced their separation Monday, May 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Marcio Jose Sanchez

FILE - This file photo taken Oct. 7, 2003, shows Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver ,as they  celebrate his victory in the California gubernatorial recall election in Los Angeles. The two  announced Monday, May 9, 2011, they were separating.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

FILE - This file photo taken Oct. 7, 2003, shows Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver ,as they celebrate his victory in the California gubernatorial recall election in Los Angeles. The two announced Monday, May 9, 2011, they were separating. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

MARK J. TERRILL

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife of 25 years Maria Shriver are separating (AP)

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife of 25 years, Maria Shriver, say they are separating.

"This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us," the two said in a prepared statement. "After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion, and prayer, we came to this decision together."

The statement, issued by a spokesman for the Terminator star said Schwarzenegger and Ms Shriver were working on the future of their relationship while living apart and that they would continue to bring up their four children together.

Both said they would not have further comment and Schwarzenegger's spokesman Daniel Ketchell said he would not answer questions beyond what was said in the statement.

Schwarzenegger finished his seven-year run as governor in January and has been on the speech circuit and pursuing various entertainment projects. During his time as governor, Ms Shriver and his children never moved to the California capital Sacramento, preferring their secluded canyon estate a few miles from the Pacific Ocean.

Ms Shriver, a member of the Kennedy political dynasty, left her job as an NBC reporter when Schwarzenegger took office.

As the state's first lady, she ran an annual women's conference that attracted a long list of business, political and entertainment luminaries, along with an audience of thousands.

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