Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks out about his shocking split from Maria Shriver. He was honored at an event in Los Angeles the day after he and his wife of 25 years announced they are living apart.
"We both love each other very much," said Schwarzenegger.
He publicly thanked loved ones for their support.
"I want to thank everyone for their great support," said Schwarzenegger.
Despite the breakup, he says they still speak frequently.
"I spoke to Maria an hour ago before I came here and we both had the same feeling. We are so blessed to have so many wonderful people and so many wonderful friends," he said.
Schwarzenegger seems to be adjusting to his new single life, seen heading out for breakfast and then a bike ride with his trainer. Though the wedding ring is off, he says the love remains.
Schwarzenegger said, "We both love each other very much. We're very fortunate to have four extraordinary children. We are taking it one day at a time."
Their son, 17-year-old Patrick, also opened up about his parents split on Twitter with this tweet:
"Small speed bump in life, luckily we own Hummers, we will cruise right over it. All will be okay."
New details are emerging about why the power couple's marriage collapsed. Shriver reportedly felt "trapped for years" in an unhappy relationship. [Source: Los Angeles Times]
Schwarzenegger and Shriver separated in January after two major life-changing events. The death of her father, Sergeant Shriver, and the end of Arnold's term as Governor. The Los Angeles Times quotes friends of the couple as saying Maria felt such a void in her life and "realized her husband could never think of filling it."
Just like John and Elizabeth Edwards, and Al and Tipper Gore, Schwarzenegger and Shriver's relationship unraveled as he left the political arena. A headline in The Washington Post asks "Till end of term do us part?"
Hollywoodlife.com Editor-in-Chief Bonnie Fuller told INSIDE EDITION, "A lot of couples do stay together for the sake of the political career. Then, when that career ends or it's not as big of a career, a lot of the tensions and the problems in the marriage can come out because they were ignored or they were put on ice."
We're also learning that Schwarzenegger just returned from a weekend mancation to the Napa Valley with five buddies. Arnold toured the gorgeous landscape with his pals on Harley-Davidson motorcycles, just like John Travolta and his friends did in the 2007 movie Wild Hogs. The guys are said to have stayed at a fancy resort, The Meadowood.
Clearly he's getting used to life without the wife.