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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver are getting along much better these days, but don't bank on a reconciliation in their marriage - rings or no rings.

While Internet reports that Shriver is wearing a suspicious ring on her finger fueled rumors of them getting back together, there's a different explanation.

The ring on Shriver's left hand is actually her late mother's. Shriver has been wearing the engagement ring since Eunice Kennedy Shriver's death in 2009.

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As for rumors that Shriver is having second thoughts about divorcing Schwarzenegger, due to her religious beliefs, a source close to the couple denies it.

"The reports of a reconciliation are not true," says the source.

The former couple, who announced their separation after 25 years, still spend quality time as a family with kids Katherine, Christina, Patrick and Christopher.

They announced their separation last year after Shriver learned Arnold knocked up their longtime housekeeper Mildred Patricia Baena - over a decade ago.

Most recently, Shriver and Schwarzenegger enjoyed Christmas with the kids in L.A., and attended the L.A. Lakers' season opener game that afternoon.

While it appears their divorce is still on, "Arnold and Maria will always come together when it comes to supporting and loving their children," says an insider.

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Maria Shriver is now unsure if she wants to divorce Arnold Schwarzenegger.

According to sources close to the couple, Shriver is torn about whether to proceed with the split, partly because of her strong religious beliefs that do not include divorce, and for even more obvious reasons - the couple's four children.

Maria Shriver, Arnold Schwarzenegger

Moreover, Arnold still desperately wants Maria back, and has been "extremely sweet" to her, making numerous gestures (including presents) to try to win Maria back.

The Expendables 2 star, for his part, has been hoping to reconcile from the moment the couple split, though it looked like a lost cause, given his infidelities.

Maria filed for divorce on July 1, though she moved out months earlier. She's already bought a mansion in Brentwood, Calif., which she's in the process of renovating.

Shriver was reportedly unhappy for years, but the revelation that Arnold had a love child with housekeeper Mildred Patricia Baena years ago was the last straw.

Or was it? Stay tuned.

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Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is writing an autobiography titled, sort of predictably but still awesomely, Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story.

The actor will reportedly touch on his breakup with Maria Shriver while covering his childhood in Austria and careers as a bodybuilder, film star and politician.

However, "This book will not be a tell-all," a source stressed.

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The recently-embattled Schwarzenegger, 64, will work on the book in between shooting scenes for his next film, the Expendables sequel, with Sylvester Stallone.

"He has been keeping notes and working on the book for over a year," his spokesman said. "He didn't want to write his autobiography while he was governor."

Adds Jonathan Karp of publisher Simon & Schuster: "Nobody has a life story even close to his. Truly, Arnold is one of the most fascinating figures of our time."

And that was true even before Mildred Patricia Baena!

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Katherine Schwarzenegger, the eldest of Arnold and Maria Shriver's four kids, opened up about her famous parents' recent split in Harper's Bazaar.

She believes that "everything happens for a reason," however "a lot of the time, it's hard to understand in the moment why things are happening."

It hasn't been easy for the 21-year-old or her siblings.

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Katherine says she considered changing her last name because of the ordeal, given the notoriety it brought even before her dad's love child scandal.

"I thought of changing it because, especially for dating, it's impossible. It's something I deal with every day, and I am hyper-conscious about it."

Of people bringing up he dad, she jokes, "It's like, 'Do you want to date my father, or do you want to date me? Like, I can arrange that for you.'"

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I Survived Maria.

Probably the best message for Arnold Schwarzenegger to sport on a t-shirt while bike riding in Santa Monica Sunday, given how badly he betrayed his wife.

Could the actor really be dissing her so hard after putting her through a love child scandal? Check out the shirt below - but there's actually more to this:

Arnold Schwarzenegger T-Shirt

According to TMZ, which took these photos, they did some digging and learned that the former Governor got the shirt at a farewell party for the staff last year.

In other words, before their marriage unraveled.

The shirts were designed by Maria's staff, as a joke. The one they gave Arnold had 2007 (the year most of the staff members started working for him) crossed out and 1977 (the year they started dating) scribbled above.

Wearing it in public is a surprise move, but it's entirely unrelated to the scandal, and despite the tumultuous last few months, Arnold and Maria remain on very amicable terms as they hammer out their impending divorce.

[Photos: TMZ]

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Tammy Tousignant is no Mildred Patricia Baena.

The former, Arnold Schwarzenegger's longtime personal flight attendant, wants to make this abundantly clear after Gawker and other tabloid publications falsely fingered her as the former California governor's mistress this spring.

Said mistress, we know now, was Baena (below).

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Tousignant alleges that her name and reputation were severely damaged by reports claiming she was Arnold's lover and her son Tanner was his love child.

She's demanding $40 million for libel, invasion of privacy and misappropriation of images by Gawker, the National Enquirer and the U.K.'s Daily Mail.

According to her attorney, Harry Frank Scolinos, Gawker accused Tousignant of being the home-wrecker who broke up Arnold and Maria Shriver.

"Freedom of the press is a valuable right, but it is not a license for gossipy tabloids to tar and feather innocent citizens," said Scolinos in the suit.

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Just over a month after filing for divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver accompanied her soon-to-be-former-spouse to lunch Saturday.

The occasion? His 64th birthday!

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As they dined at Barney's in Beverly Hills, Shriver and Schwarzenegger were joined by two of their four kids, sons Patrick and Christopher.

Christopher Schwarzenegger, 13, was released from the hospital Tuesday after a bodysurfing accident. He's going to make a full recovery.

After lunch, the pair - who have been estranged since his affair with Mildred Patricia Baena was exposed - were seen shopping, as well.

While Arnold initially refused to pay Maria spousal support in his divorce papers (he later changed his tune and revised the documents), Shriver picked up the lunch tab, ordering the birthday boy an espresso to boot.

Nice to see they're keeping things amicable.

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Maria Shriver has instructed her attorney, Laura Wasser, to hammer out the terms of her divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger as quickly as possible.

The purpose of Shriver's request is twofold: 1. To keep things as amicable as can be between the couple, and 2. So she can get back to work ASAP.

Maria filed for divorce from Arnold in early July, and under California law, a divorce can be final as early as six months from the date of filing.

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Shriver is very eager to get back to work, a source close to the family says, but feels that the ongoing drama of her divorce could be a distraction.

"Maria wants the divorce to be final so she can get back to work, and move on All of the major networks have approached her," said the source.

"She hasn't made any decision yet. Maria doesn't want any job to impede on time she spends with Christopher, and Patrick, who live with her."

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Christopher Schwarzenegger will be all right.

On Monday, Arnold Schwarzenegger offered an update on his 13-year-old son's health, which was hampered after a surfing accident in Malibu.

"Thanks for all your support for Christopher," California's former governor wrote in his first Tweet in a month. "It means a lot to me & to him."

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Hospitalized after his accident, the boy is said to have suffered multiple broken bones and a collapsed lung, and spent several days in the ICU.

Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger,  who are in the process of getting a divorce, stood vigil at their son's bedside as he recovered.

"On behalf of our entire family, we sincerely thank the paramedics and lifeguards who responded so swiftly as well as all the doctors, nurses, emergency room and hospital staff who have cared for our son," they said in a statement.

Get well soon, Chris.

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Despite their impending divorce and all the upheaval in their lives, Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger are forming a united front this week.

"A few days ago our son Christopher suffered an accident at the beach," the estranged duo said in a statement after Christopher was hospitalized.

"While it has been a very scary week, Christopher is surrounded by his family and friends. He is a brave boy and is expected to make a full recovery."

Maria Shriver and Christopher Schwarzenegger

Christopher, 13, was boogie boarding on Sunday in Malibu, when something went wrong and he suffered a collapsed lung, broken bones and broken ribs.

Maria was with him on the beach at the time of the accident, says the source. His parents extend their gratitude to those providing their son's care.

"On behalf of our entire family, we sincerely thank the paramedics and lifeguards who responded so swiftly as well as all the doctors, nurses, emergency room and hospital staff who have cared for our son," the statement continues.

"They have been extraordinary to him and to us. We thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers and ask for respect and privacy for our family."

Get well soon, Chris.

[Photo: Fame Pictures]

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