Maria Shriver thanks fans on her Twitter page for 'support and compassion'
05/13/2011 by Kristina Lopez
Maria Shriver spoke out for the first time on her official Twitter page since her announcement that she and husband Arnold Schwarzenegger are separating after 25 years of marriage. "Thank you for all the kindness, support and compassion," Shriver wrote on Thursday. "I am humbled by the love. Thank you." This is not the first time Shriver, 55, has used social media to reach out to an audience for support. Prior to her announcement on Monday, Shriver posted a video on her YouTube channel in March, which can be seen below, asking for advice on how to handle a transition period in life. "I'd like to hear from other people in transition," she said. "How did you get through it? What were three things that enabled you to get through your transition?" Actor and former California Gov. Schwarzenegger and Shriver, a former NBC correspondent, have separated after 25 years of marriage, the two announced on Monday in a statement. "This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us," Schwarzenegger and Shriver said according to the statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com. "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," the statement continued. "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." The statement ended with, "We ask for compassion and respect from the media and the public." The couple wed on April 26, 1986. They have four children together, Katherine, 21, Christina, 19, Patrick, 17 and Christopher, 13. 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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