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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver Announce Separation. Plus: The strange results of a recent study on divorce.

Reports the LA Times:

Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, have separated, with Shriver moving out of their Brentwood mansion while the two determine the next step in their 25-year marriage.

Shriver has been residing apart from the actor-turned-politician for the last few weeks. The former first couple confirmed the separation in a joint statement released Monday after questions from The Times.

"This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us," the statement read. "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.

"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."

James Joyner writes at Outside the Beltway:

Sad and surprising news–although we should perhaps stop being surprised when celebrity couples break up seemingly out of the blue. Al and Tipper Gore seemed happy, too.

That it comes at a transition point in their lives is typical. It’s amazing how often retirement or the last child moving out also marks the end of a decades-long marriage. People reflect on their lives, decide they want something else, and decide to move on.

And several other pundits have some less even-handed words, and are taking the opportunity to take a swipe at Arnold Schwarzenegger, like Pamela Leavey, who wrote at The Democratic Daily:

I have long wondered what Shriver saw in Schwarzenegger and why she stayed with him. Now it seems that after 25 years she’s saying enough is enough. Something tellls me that with Shriver free from the constraints of her marriage to Republican Schwarzenegger, we’ll start to see some great things from Maria.

And Jack Stuef, who criticized Schwarzenegger as a little too cavalier and arrogant in a post at Wonkette for the former governor's recent statement about his upcoming film opportunities:

"The whole industry has not come up with a new line of action heroes so [people say] let’s go see the mature ones — that’s what I call them, the mature ones — because there’s nothing new around," Schwarzenegger said in the interview. "That’s good news for me."

Divorce and the Economy:

With the economy doing so poorly over the last couple years, two Penn State sociology professors decided to do a study on the correlation between unemployment rates and divorce rates. They expected to find that higher unemployment takes a toll on families and would be correlated with higher divorce rates (as it had been up until the 1980s in the United States), but surprisingly, they found that after 1980, divorce rates in the U.S. tended to go down during periods of high unemployment and bounce back up as unemployment leveled off.

Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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