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“Kind of Not Much in Common”: Maria Shriver Opened Up to Daughter on Reality of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Her Relationship in 2016

Published 12/24/2022, 9:00 AM EST

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Arnold Schwarzenegger may have wowed his audience with his muscles and his acting. However, his personal life has been a topsy-turvy ride that also surprised his fans. Years of marriage and four children later, the Terminator star and his journalist wife, Maria Shriver, divorced in 2021 after Maria filed for it in 2011. However, both equally participated in co-parenting and were amicable with one another.

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In 2016, Shriver sat down with her eldest daughter, Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt, as a part of her new series. The mother-daughter duo discussed several topics, including Arnold and Maria’s love story. So, how did the couple bond when they were together? Maria revealed some interesting facts.


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What did Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger have in common?

In a candid chat, both women chatted and teased each other. Katherine addressed Shriver’s habit of setting people up and how it never worked out. Shriver retaliated by how she found it fun anyway and would continue to do it. It led to addressing the first couple Katherine knew – her parents. The author recalled how it was, in fact, Shriver who made the first move on Arnold. What was that like?

That’s when the journalist revealed a surprising fact. Shriver mentioned how she and Arnold lived on opposite sides of the coast. Shriver made her moves quickly, and the two were very soon a couple. On top of this, the new couple realized something early on in their relationship- they did not have a lot in common!


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Shiver revealed how back in the day, she and Arnold had quite different personalities. She recalled, “we definitely had like kind of not much in common”. They also did not have a shared social circle where they could stand the chance of meeting each other frequently. It prompted Shriver to make her moves first. However, when Katherine prodded her to think of one common thing between them, she replied, “fun”. This indicated that they loved to have fun in any given situation.

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The couple eventually separated due to Arnold’s extra-marital affair with his housekeeper, Mildred Baena. The incident came to light, along with the revelation of his son from his affair, Joseph Baena. Currently, Arnold is on good terms with all his children, including Baena. Although it’s not the fairytale ending everyone hoped for, things did not turn ugly. So, what do you think of Shriver and Katherine’s interview? Let us know in the comments.


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Radha Iyer

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Radha Iyer is working as a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. She has a Master's degree in Media and Communications from Pandit Deendayal Energy University. Radha has worked as a content writer for over a year.

Edited By: Simar Singh Wadhwa