He was an ambitious actor and famous body builder from across the Pond who seemed to be headed toward a political career of the Republican kind.
Then, 25 years ago, they married.
But that was then and this is now. Today, these two luminaries announced they have separated. Maria moved out of the family abode located in Brentwood, an upscale area of Los Angeles on the West side of town. No word on where she has gone and no word on what happens next.
However, this may not be the end of their union. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver have stayed together through the best of times and through the worst of times. For example, this past January, Maria's father passed away, this on the heels of her husband's end to his career of the Governor of California and the rekindling of hopes to resume his former career as movie star.
No doubt, this is a time of transition for the couple, no matter where their marriage stands.
Still, a formal statement issued this evening that came through the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles' newspaper of record, explains an openly announced change in the lives of Arnold and Maria as a married couple as they have been since 1986, after which time they had four children.
Today's statement said, in part, "This 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. At this time, we are living apart while we work on the future of our relationship."
That future may or may not mean that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver will stay married.
In the second part of their statement, they proclaimed:
""We are continuing to parent our four children together. 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."
Despite this request while leading separate lives, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver will need to endure plenty of exposure and the possibility of a slew of questions about their situation. Hopefully, as they work at finding a solution, they will not be hounded as their wishes will be fulfilled to be left alone in this very private matter.