Arnold Schwarznegger And Maria Shriver Calling It Quits After 25 Years Of Marriage
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver are splitting up. Thatâ€™s right, The Terminator, er, former Governor of California and his one-time NBC-anchor wife are calling it quits after 25 years of marriage.
â€œThis has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us. After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion, and prayer, we came to this decision together,â€ said the couple in a joint press statement. Theyâ€™ll continue to parent their four children together.
Shriver posted a Youtube video in March in which she asks her viewers for advice on getting through a â€œtransitional period.â€ Whatâ€™s striking about the video isnâ€™t so much that Shriver is seeking advice from strangers (isnâ€™t that what social mediaâ€™s all about?) but rather that she looks so frail andâ€¦lost. Thereâ€™s a desperation in her voice thatâ€™s all too familiar to us moms â€“ that feeling of angst and worry that accompanies us wherever we go, even in our happy times (being a mom means feeling vulnerable).
â€œItâ€™s so stressful to not know what youâ€™re doing next,â€ she tells the camera.
Weâ€™ve all been in that place of uncertainty before, especially mothers (do you know a single one who embraced her role without at least one minor identity crisis along the way?).
As one commentator on the YouTube message board put it: â€œOften, we think women of means have it all together. Than you for letting those of us who are regular middle class moms know that you also feel this struggleâ€¦â€
Hear, hear, sister.
(Photo: Andy Neitzert / WENN)