Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver: Why They Are Still Together

Aug 27, 2020Rita

Best known for his “I will be back” quote from “Terminator”, Arnold Schwarzenegger is a successful actor, businessmen, ex-professional bodybuilder, and former politician. His wife, Maria Shriver, is also no stranger to the cameras, being known for her work as a journalist and author. She is also the founder of the nonprofit organization The Women's Alzheimer's Movement. The couple, who was together for several years, has filed for divorce in 2011, so why are they still together?

Image Credits: Getty Images / Frederick M. Brown | (L-R) Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver attend the film premiere of "The Kid & I" at The Mann Grauman's Chinese Theater on November 28, 2005 in Hollywood, California.


Many headlines have been made about the love life of Schwarzenegger and Shriver. The couple, who first met in 1977 at a charity tennis tournament, has been under the scrutiny of the public eye for decades. Being married since 1986, and four children later, they are still regularly feeding the tabloids.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kevin Winter | Arnold Schwarzenegger And Maria Shriver Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver attending his birthday party at Nicky Blair's restaurant in Los Angeles, February 15th 1986.


After being together for a quarter of a century, Schwarzenegger and Shriver announced to the world they were getting a divorce back in 2011. However, almost ten years later, the couple is still officially married. Why is the process taking so long, and who is to blame?

Image Credits: Shutterstock / Joe Seer | Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver at the CA Comeback Express Bus Tour in Pleasanton, CA on October 4, 2003.


A scandal within the family arose when Schwarzenegger made the public announcement that he was the father of an out-of-marriage child. The mother, Mildred Patricia Baena, was part of the household staff of the family for over 20 years, having retired in January 2011.

Image Credits: Getty Images / NY Daily News | Daily News front page September 23, 2012, Headline: First Look At his Book - TOTAL TELL-ALL Arnold: How I realized maid's baby was mine. I confessed to Maria, "It was my screwup'. Maria Shriver, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mildred Baena.

In fact, both Mildred and Maria were pregnant with Arnold’s sons at the same time. Baena’s son, Joseph, was born on October 2nd, 1997, and Shriver’s son, Christopher, was born a few days before, on September 27th. Even though Schwarzenegger came forward about the whole ordeal, it seems that he only admitted to it once Shriver confronted him with proof.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jason Merritt | Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger arrives at Lionsgate Films' "The Expendables 2" premiere on August 15, 2012 in Hollywood, California.


Finding out that your husband of over twenty years had an affair is never easy, and Shriver came forward admitting that this experience was “painful and heartbreaking”. She continued that “As a mother, my concern is for the children. I ask for compassion, respect and privacy as my children and I try to rebuild our lives and heal.”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Frazer Harrison | Honoree Maria Shriver attends Celebrity Fight Night XXIV on March 10, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona.

One of the worst parts of finding out about the affair was that Shriver and Baena were close friends. However, that didn’t stop Shriver to file for a divorce a few months after discovering about her husband’s infidelity, citing “irreconcilable differences”. The divorce was filed on July 1st, 2011, however, it is still to be finalized.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Amanda Edwards | Television anchorwoman and California First Lady Maria Shriver signs copies of her new children's book "What's Happening to Grandpa?" on May 26, 2004 at Dutton's Brentwood Bookstore, in Los Angeles, California.


Even though the couple got married without a prenup, TMZ reported that “there was never any real custody beef”, stating that the star couple “quickly agreed on joint custody”. Two of the couple’s children were minors, but custody was not an issue. There is, however, another situation that made the divorce come to a hold.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Reed Saxon-Pool | California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and wife Maria Shriver attend the funeral Mass for Italian film mogul and Hollywood producer Dino De Laurentiis at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on November 15, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

Sources connected to Arnold and Maria say there were bumps along the way in hammering out a settlement but, since the split is 50/50, there are no serious roadblocks.”, sources admitted. However, Schwarzenegger has yet to sign the papers and officialize the separation. The couple had an estimated $400 million at the time of their separation.

Image Credits: Getty Images / David Paul Morris | With his wife Maria Shriver by his side California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is sworn into office by Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George for a second term as Governor on January 5, 2007 in Sacramento, California. Schwarzenegger will begin his second term as governor of California after a landslide victory over democratic challenger Phil Angelides in November of last year.


Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver have four children together and seem to have put family first when it comes to the divorce. The family, which includes the (now adult) children, Katherine, 27, Christina, 26, Patrick, 24, and Christopher, 20, have been having family dinners at the Hotel Bel-Air.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Emma McIntyre | (L-R) Christina Schwarzenegger, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver and Katherine Schwarzenegger attend the premiere of National Geographic's "The Long Road Home" at Royce Hall on October 30, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.


“I don’t need any time to reflect when I know it was a major, major screwup,” the Terminator star shared in a preview clip of Harvey Levin’s new Fox show, OBJECTified. This was not, however, the first or last time that we will hear Arnold speak about how his actions led to his wife, Maria, filing for divorce.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Robert Mora | Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger attends the Mentor Foundation's "Global Celebration: An Evening Honoring the Generations of the Future" Gala at the Paramount Studios on November 3, 2002 in Hollywood, California.

In 2015, Schwarzenegger confessed to Howard Stern that “I had personal setbacks, but this was, without any doubt, the biggest setback and the biggest failure. Without any doubt. Not only failure, but you feel like, 'I'm to blame for it. It was me that screwed up.'” The bodybuilding legend seems to be aware of how his decisions impacted his family.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Evening Standard | Austrian-born American actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, originally a bodybuilder who won the title Mr Universe five times. Schwarzenegger announced on August 6th, 2003 that he would run for California governor.


The former governor has continued that “And you can't point the finger at anyone else. So yeah, I was disappointed in it. It's always easy to be smart in hindsight. The thing was how do you make the best of that situation?"

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kevin Lee | Arnold Schwarzenegger takes a selfie with audience at the first screenings of Terminator Genisys at Palace IAPM on August 22, 2015 in Shanghai, China.

Schwarzenegger also made a previous statement saying “I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry.”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Robert Cianflone | Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks on stage during the Arnold Classic Australia at The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on March 14, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.


Arnold Schwarzenegger, 72, and Maria Shriver, 64, have been seen together earlier this year. This was the first time the couple was last pictured together, 15 months after their last reunion. According to reports, the family gathered in a social distancing setting in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jeffrey Mayer / WireImage | Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver and family during "The Benchwarmers" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals and Baseball Game at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center - UCLA Campus in Los Angeles, California, United States.


Katherine Schwarzenegger, the couple’s oldest daughter, is expecting her first child with husband Chris Pratt. Nevertheless, the ex-First Wife seems unsure about becoming a grandmother. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, she admitted that "I'm not embracing that name exactly. I'm gonna come up with my own name”.

Image Credits: Getty Images / John M. Heller | (L-R) Katherine Schwarzenegger and the Governor of the State of California Arnold Schwarzenegger sits with her father as she signs copies of her new book "Rock What You've Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty from Someoone Whose Been There and Back" at Diesel Books on October 2, 2010 in Brentwood, California.

She went on to add that "I'll just do mama. No, I can't do that. I've got to do something else. I'll think of it. I'll figure it out." Whatever the name, Shriver’s joy and enthusiasm will most likely remain the same. She commented that "I'm really proud of her. Obviously, she and Chris are super happy [...]"

Image Credits: Getty Images / Rich Polk | (L-R) Katherine Schwarzenegger and Chris Pratt attend the Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Endgame" at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.


The couple’s youngest son, Christopher, has recently graduated from the University of Michigan, and Maria couldn’t be prouder. “I’ve had a kid in school for the last 30 years, right? And that’s it. We’re done,” she said. “And I started reflecting back on first grade, teenage years, proms, timeouts, curfews. It made me really actually sad that it was over.”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Presley Ann | Maria Shriver attends The Hollywood Reporter's Empowerment In Entertainment Event 2019 at Milk Studios on April 30, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.


Katherine, born December 13, 1989, is the couple's oldest daughter. She has been dating actor Chris Pratt for years, and they finally tied the knot in June last year. They have recently welcomed the first Schwarzenegger grandchild, a baby girl named Lyla Maria. Very recently, Pratt shared a comic caption on Instagram “Ready to pop, still don't stop”.


The couple’s second child, Christina, was born in 1991, and in 2013 graduated from Georgetown. She went on to co-produce a Netflix documentary titled “Take Your Pills” which was released on the platform in 2018. Currently, she is also an assistant editor at Gwyneth Paltrow’s brand “Goop”.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jamie McCarthy | Christina Schwarzenegger attends The Cinema Society with Muscle & Fitness screening of Open Road Films' "Sabotage" after party at The Skylark on March 25, 2014 in New York City.


Born in 1993, Patrick graduated with a degree in business in 2016, however, he was always very interested in acting. Having taken private acting lessons, the young actor was cast in “Grown Ups 2”, “Midnight Sun”, and “Daniel Isn’t Real”. He has also been dabbling in the business side and opened the first Blaze Pizza in LA.


Being the youngest and most mysterious child of Arnold and Maria, Christopher was born in 1997. The baby of the family has recently graduated from the Univesity of Michigan, which led his dad to make an adorable congratulations post on Instagram, stating “Christopher, you are a champion and I love you.”


The actor and ex-politician has also opened up about his relationship with his son, Joseph Baena. He admitted that they have a very good relationship, stating that “He’s terrific and he totally understands the situation,” he told Howard Stern in an interview where he shared more about his son Joseph. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / BG004 / Bauer-Griffin / GC Images | Arnold Schwarzenegger and Joseph Baena are seen on June 12, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

“So, it all has worked out [...] It’s a very tough situation for him. It’s a very tough situation for my kids. Very tough situation for my family. It was tough for everybody. But it has happened and now we have to figure it out, right?”, the Terminator-star went on to add.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Antony Jones | Arnold Schwarzenegger attends photocall for 'Wonders of the Sea 3D' during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Nikki Beach on May 20, 2017 in Cannes, France.


Sources have come forward stating that Arnold is the one to blame as to why the divorce has not been finalized. But Maria doesn’t seem to be making a lot of fuss about it, sometimes pushing the Terminator to it, and other times just going with the flow. Maybe they feel that it has taken too long and lost the drive.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ron Galella / Ron Galella Collection | Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger.


TMZ has reported that many sources have stated that Schwarzenegger and Shriver are never going to get back together, however, 9 years sure is a long time to sign the divorce papers. It is possible that even though they don’t get back together, they might never get divorced either.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Nancy Lane | Smiling Maria Shriver Schwarzenegger and her new husband Arnold Schwarzenegger acknowledge well-wishers in front of St. Francis Xaviers Church in Hyannis after their wedding ceremony.

Harvey Levin has asked Arnold why he and Shriver are still technically married, but the answer keeps falling back to the money. According to TMZ, lawyers are still involved and having meetings, due to the couple’s massive $400 million net worth, as well as the fact that no prenup was signed.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ron Galella / Ron Galella Collection | Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver attend the Courtney Kennedy and Jeff Ruhe Wedding at Holy Trinity Church, Washington D.C., 06/14/80.


Arnold Schwarzenegger has been sharing his love with Heather Milligan, a physical therapist. The couple has been seen together quite a few times, having enjoyed a bike ride together a few months ago. Even though there are rumors he might get back together with Shriver, Arnold and Heather seem happy enough.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Axelle / Bauer-Griffin / FilmMagic | Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Heather Milligan attend the premiere of 'The 15:17 To Paris' at Warner Bros. Studios on February 5, 2018 in Burbank, California.

Maria is currently dating her long-term boyfriend, Matthew Dowd. He is a political analyst who took the responsibilities as a key strategist for Arnold Schwarzenegger's 2006 reelection campaign. Maria and Matthew have been together since 2013, however, they don’t make public appearances very often. Even though the marriage with Arnold is still official, that doesn’t seem to bother them.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Frazer Harrison | Honoree Maria Shriver speaks onstage at Celebrity Fight Night XXIV on March 10, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Almost 10 years later, the couple might even make it to the Guinness World Record, as the longest divorce process ever. Perhaps we will never know why the Terminator actor has not signed the papers yet, but we surely are curious as to why he seems to be delaying the process. We can only wait to see how and when the divorce will be over, but until then we are sure to keep up with the news of the family. Keep reading to find out more!

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