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Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 10, 2011. - Provided courtesy of KABC

Arnold Schwarzenegger on Maria Shriver split: 'We're taking one day at a time'

05/11/2011 by Carollyn Nguyen

Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke out publicly for the first time since announcing that he and his wife Maria Shriver are separated.

At a Los Angeles event celebrating Israel's 63rd anniversary of independence Tuesday night, the former California governor thanked friends and family for their support and stressed that he and Shriver are still on good terms.

"I just talked to Maria an hour ago before I came here, and we both were saying the same thing. We're amazed and we're extremely blessed to be surrounded by so many wonderful people, and so many wonderful friends," Schwarzenegger said. "We both love each other very much. We are very fortunate to have four extraordinary children, and we are taking one day at a time."

The 63-year-old actor and Shriver, a former NBC correspondent, got married on April 26, 1986. They have four children together, Katherine, 21, Christina, 19, Patrick, 17 and Christopher, 13.

The two announced their separation on Monday after 25 years of marriage.

"This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us," Schwarzenegger and Shriver said in a joint statement. "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."

The couple had been living together in Brentwood, Calif. with their children.

Schwarzenegger is best known for his roles in the "Terminator" franchise and "Kindergarten Cop." He finished his 7-year run as governor of California in January.

Shriver, 55, a member of the Kennedy political dynasty, left her job as an NBC reporter when Schwarzenegger took office. Shriver's father, former vice-presidential candidate Sargent Shriver, died in January at the age of 95. Her mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, died in 2009 at the age of 88.

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