What Went Wrong? A Timeline of Schwarzenegger and Shriver’s Relationship

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Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver

Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger publicly announced their separation Monday, saying that they would be living apart in order to work on the future of their relationship. Shriver moved out of their mansion a few weeks ago after 25 years of marriage.

NewsFeed takes a look at the history of their relationship. From the outside it’s impossible to pinpoint the moment the fairy tale turned horror story, but here’s what we do know:

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1977: Schwarzenegger and Shriver are introduced by NBC’s Tom Brokaw at a charity tennis tournament.

1986: On April 26, the pair exchanges vows in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

1989: Schwarzenegger and Shriver have their first child and name her Katherine.

1991: Christina, the couple’s second daughter, is born.

1993: Shriver gives birth to her first son, Patrick Schwarzenegger.

1997: The couple’s youngest child, Christopher, is born.

2003: During his initial campaign for governor, Schwarzenegger faces allegations of sexual misconduct. Shriver publicly defends him, telling voters, “You can listen to all the negativity, and you can listen to people who have never met Arnold, or who met him for five seconds 30 years ago. Or you can listen to me.”

2008: On January 31, Schwarzenegger backed McCain for president. Just a few days later, his wife endorsed Obama.

2009: In a May 2009 commencement speech at the University of Southern California, Schwarzenegger referenced Shriver by telling graduates, “number one, come to America. Number two, work your butt off. And number three, marry a Kennedy.”

2011: In January, Schwarzenegger ended his seven-year term as governor.  On May 9, the couple announced their split, less than a month after their 25th wedding anniversary.

Head over to Healthland to learn more about the split.

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