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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, who announced their surprise split earlier today, had been drifting apart for years, according to reports.

In fact, Shriver had been debating whether to divorce the actor turned Governor since 2009, and was "extremely conflicted" about their marriage.

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Maria has been unhappy with him for years, sources say, and planned to break up in 2009 until her mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, passed away.

Then, Maria wanted to try to break it off with Schwarzenegger again in January 2011, but her father died, once again putting the split on hold.

In any case, insiders say she is fed up with Arnold's infidelities, coupled with the fact he's been "impossible" to live with for myriad reasons.

Moreover, the kids acknowledge the issues and have pushed their mother to call off the marriage, even if it means their parents splitting up.

Despite a strong public persona, Maria has become a "shell of the woman" she appears because she is "terrified" of Arnold in recent years.

Sources emphasize that she's terrified in a strictly emotional, non-physical way.

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by Free Britney at

In a surprise move, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver look to be terminating their marriage. They announced their separation late yesterday.

"This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us," the duo said in a joint statement to the Los Angeles Times.

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"After a great deal of reflection, discussion and prayer, we came to this decision. We are living apart while we work on the future of our relationship."

Shriver moved out of their Brentwood mansion a few weeks ago.

"We are continuing to parent our four children together. They are the light and the center of both of our lives," the couple adds. "We consider this a private matter and neither we nor any of our friends or family will have further comment."

"We ask for compassion and respect from the media and the public."

Obviously this begs the question: How long had they been unhappy?

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by Free Britney at

How's this for public marital squabbling?

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is calling out his wife, Maria Shriver, for apparently violating a state law and holding her cell phone while driving.

Ahhnold himself passed that very law!

The celebrity gossip site TMZ posted two photographs Tuesday showing Shriver holding a phone behind the wheel, one Sunday and the other in July.

The site later added a video it said was shot Tuesday in Brentwood, a posh area of L.A., where the family lives. It shows Shriver holding a cell phone to her ear while driving a large SUV that appears to be a Cadillac Escalade.

She puts the phone down while the camera is rolling.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and scofflaw wife Maria Shriver.

Upon learning of the infractions, the Governorator promised to regulate.

On his Twitter feed, Schwarzenegger wrote to TMZ's Harvey Levin: "Thanks for bringing her violations to my attention. There's going to be swift action."

Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear says that by "swift action," the governor means he'll ask his wife not to hold her cellphone while driving.

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