Shriver files for divorce from Arnie
Former California first lady and TV journalist Maria Shriver filed for divorce from her estranged husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the ex-governor and film star who has admitted fathering a child out of wedlock more than a decade ago.Updated: Jul 02, 2011 13:16 IST
Former California first lady and TV journalist Maria Shriver filed for divorce on Friday from her estranged husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the ex-governor and film star who has admitted fathering a child out of wedlock more than a decade ago.
Shriver, 55, a daughter of the Kennedy political dynasty, filed papers seeking to dissolve her 25-year marriage to Schwarzenegger, 63, in Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences.
According to the four-page divorce filing, posted on the celebrity news website TMZ.com, Shriver is seeking joint custody of the couple's two minor children, Patrick, 17, and Christopher, 13. They also have two adult children together, Katherine 21, and Christina, 19.
A spokesman for the former Terminator film star declined comment. Representatives for Shriver could not immediately be reached for comment.
Shriver and Schwarzenegger, the Austrian-born former bodybuilder turned Hollywood action star and politician, announced their separation in May, just four months after he left office as California governor.A week later, Schwarzenegger stunned the world by acknowledging publicly, in response to questions from the Los Angeles Times, that he had fathered a child more than 10 years ago with a member of his household staff. He said then that he had revealed the affair and his out-of-wedlock child to Shriver shortly after his two terms in office ended in January.
Schwarzenegger and Shriver met at a charity tennis tournament in New York in 1977 and married in April 1986.
As one of the most high-profile but improbable couples in American public life -- a powerful Republican politician married to a stalwart Democrat -- the pair endured years of persistent allegations about Schwarzenegger's extramarital dalliances and sexual misconduct.
Shriver was widely credited with saving Schwarzenegger's successful 2003 gubernatorial campaign by steadfastly standing by her husband amid a swirl of media accounts at the time reporting on his history of groping other women. Their split came at a time of upheaval and change in both their lives.
Shriver, forced to give up her NBC News career while acting as California's first lady, posted a video message to supporters on YouTube shortly before their separation saying she found it "stressful to not know what you're doing next."
Her parents both died during the past two years. Her mother, Eunice Kennedy, was the sister of assassinated US President John F Kennedy, and her father, Sargent Shriver, was the first director of the Peace Corps and the 1972 Democratic nominee for vice president.