Maria Shriver Reveals How God Got Her Through Split From Arnold Schwarzenegger – ‘I Went To A Convent’
Maria Shriver is opening up about her divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger, revealing that she "went to a convent" to get over it.
Maria Shriver split from her husband Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2011 (with their divorce being finalized ten years later in 2021) after it was revealed that he’d fathered a baby with their housekeeper.
In a new interview, Shriver is opening up about how God helped her through this breakup, explaining that she went to a convent to deal with the aftermath of her marriage ending.
We change, kids grow up, and new people come into our lives. The people in our lives keep evolving and growing, and so must we. We must be brave enough to embrace change. We must be brave enough to open our hearts to love, to friendship, and to belonging. #mondaymeditation pic.twitter.com/fIncdKwTXV
— Maria Shriver (@mariashriver) February 6, 2023
Shriver ‘Went To A Convent’
“I went to a convent, a cloistered convent, and to be in silence and look for advice,” Shriver, 67, recalled while appearing on the “Making Space With Hoda Kotb” podcast . “And the reverend mother there … I actually have written about this but I haven’t shared it, she said, ‘I think you came here looking for permission.'”
Comparing this moment to a scene from the classic 1965 movie The Sound Of Music, Shriver remembered the reverend mother telling her, “You can’t come live here … but you do have permission to go out and become Maria.”
These words had a profound impact on Shriver, as they set her free.
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“I was, like, sobbing,” she remembered. “I had never given myself permission to feel, to be vulnerable, to be weak, to be brought to my knees. And the world did it to me. And then I was like, ‘OK, God, let’s go.'”
On this date in 1986 actor Arnold Schwarzenegger married television journalist Maria Shriver in Hyannis, Massachusetts. The couple had met a decade prior at a celebrity tennis tournament. #80s #80sweddings pic.twitter.com/zqweX8sYEv
— LandOfThe80s (@landofthe80s) April 26, 2020
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Shriver And Schwarzenegger’s History
Entertainment Tonight reported that Shriver and Schwarzenegger married in 1986 and went on to have four children together before their 2011 separation and subsequent 2021 divorce. The delay between their separation and divorce is said to have been caused in part by a property settlement agreement.
In her latest interview with Hoda Kotb, Shriver explained that she had felt invisible both in her marriage and growing up as a member of the Kennedy family. She is the daughter of the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who was the sister of the former President John F. Kennedy Jr.
“If you, as a child, are standing next to the president of the United States, two U.S. senators, the first lady, nobody is looking at you,” Shriver explained. “You are background noise. And you take that with you really through life, and you end up putting yourself in situations where that continues until you learn your lesson.”
Former gov, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wife Officially Divorced 10 Years After Separation
Former California governor and actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger has officially become single as the courts finalised his divorce ten years after he split from his wife, Maria Shriver. pic.twitter.com/pM5gFQT2Vk
— Punch Newspapers (@MobilePunch) December 29, 2021
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Shriver Learns Major Lesson
Shriver concluded by saying that this experience made her more self-assured as a woman.
“It’s not about other people seeing you, it’s about you seeing yourself,” she said. “And that took me a really long time, a really long time to learn.”
“What actually makes people feel seen and worthy is talking to them, sitting with them, calling them, slowing down… sitting on the porch, going, ‘I don’t have anywhere to go. I’m right here with you,'” Shriver continued.
Daily Mail reported that Shriver was humiliated when it was revealed to the world that Schwarzenegger had fathered a child with their family’s former housekeeper Mildred Patty Baena.
Arnold Schwarzenegger thought about running off with housekeeper Mildred “Patty” Baena, but with all the children of the combined families; it would have been a very complicated exit. pic.twitter.com/Rwb8sSaCAc
— Jumpin' Jack Wilson (@ImUrPirate) March 27, 2021
We’re glad to see that in her darkest hour, Shriver decided to go to a house of God to deal with her feelings. She made the right decision, and others would do well to follow her example when it comes to dealing with their own struggles in life!
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