Appearing alongside her husband later that day at a news conference, Shriver blunted the political impact of the story by vouching for Schwarzenegger, saying the sexual misconduct allegations "show why really good people don't want to go into politics anymore."
"I don't get into specifics," she told reporters. "As I say to my children, it always takes great courage to do -- stand before anybody and apologize," she said. "I think that's what Arnold did today. I think he handled it and his statement speaks for itself."
The two celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on April 26, a day they let pass without public comment, in contrast to their usual stream of commentary in various social media.
Their postings over the last few months offered a picture of a couple leading separate lives. Since Schwarzenegger left office, he has been jetting around the world, heading to Brazil's Xingu River with director James Cameron, to London for Mikhail Gorbachev's 80th birthday party, to Val d'Isère in France for skiing and to Washington, D.C., to attend a White House summit on immigration.
In late March, Schwarzenegger announced a collaboration with famed comic book creator Stan Lee, saying, "I have never had a conversation with Maria about any of this. I think it will be a big surprise." Shriver mentioned the East Coast college tour and, in early April, visited the Bahamas while Schwarzenegger headed to Cannes to receive the Legion D'Honneur medal.
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Times staff writers Seema Mehta and Maeve Reston contributed to this report.