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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver Announce Separation

Chelsea Lauren/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver announced they are "amicably separating" after 25 years of marriage.

In a joint statement released Monday night, the couple said they are living apart while "they decide on the future of their relationship."

"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," the statement said.

Schwarzenegger and Shriver said they plan to continue to "parent their four children together."

"They are the light and the center of both of our lives," they said in the statement.

Both Schwarzenegger and Shriver said they consider this a private matter and plan to not release any further comment.

"We ask for compassion and respect from the media and the public," the statement said.

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