arnold maria.jpgReports from Carlifornia say former California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, have separated.

“This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us,” the couple told the Times in a statement. “After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion and prayer, we came to this decision together. At this time, we are living apart while we work on the future of our relationship.”

Schwarzenegger and Shriver have been married for 25 years. Shriver has moved out of their Brentwood home, and the two are now deciding what their next steps will be.

“We are continuing to parent our four children together,” the couple added. “They are the light and the center of both of our lives. We consider this a private matter and neither we nor any of our friends or family will have further comment. We ask for compassion and respect from the media and the public.”

Since leaving office, Schwarzenegger has signed on to star in the drama Cry Macho. His reps at CAA also are shopping a package for a new Terminator sequel. In addition, he has partnered with Stan Lee on a Governator comic and animated series, with plans for a movie as well.

Shriver runs a women’s empowerment website and served as a guest editor on an issue of Oprah Winfrey’s magazine, O.

The couple’s marriage faced challenges in 2003, when Schwarzenegger was running for governor of California. Various media outlets reported on his history of groping women, but Shriver defended him at the time.