It’s been seven years since the dramatic cheating scandal that destroyed one of Hollywood’s most famous couples.
But Terminator star Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, former newscaster Maria Shriver, have never officially split.
And their unusual relationship status has some close friends convinced that their marriage is not over yet.
The actor and his longtime housekeeper, Mildred Baena, had been seeing each other for years. But the truth only came out when Baena had a son named Joseph.
Born just a week after Schwarzenegger and Shriver’s son Christopher, Joseph had an undeniable resemblance to his famous dad.
Baena remembered that “people in the house started whispering about how much they looked like each other,” and Shriver finally confronted her in 2010.
Schwarzenegger himself didn’t come clean until he left the California governor’s office in 2011, and the couple separated just days later, with Shriver citing “irreconcilable differences.”
She called the affair “painful and heartbreaking,” but in the years since she’s been in no rush to divorce Schwarzenegger.
Despite the bitter emotions behind their separation, Schwarzenegger and Shriver have stayed close since 2011.
Unlike other celebrity couples who get drawn into heated custody battles, they quickly agreed to joint custody.
Since all four of their children (and Schwarzenegger’s love child) are now adults, there’s no family drama to speak of these days.
The last score to settle from their marriage is divvying up their property, which TMZ estimates is worth $400 million.
The couple have no prenup, so it seems like their shared property will be split 50-50. Until then, they are both successful enough not to worry about settling bills.
It seems that the one thing keeping Schwarzenegger and Shriver together are their feelings for each other.
Sources close to the family say Schwarzenegger is not serious about the split, while Shriver has never pushed hard for divorce.
“Whenever Maria says she wants to move on with her life, Arnold drags his feet,” a source told TMZ.
Does this mean a reunion is in the making, and a happy ending for this troubled love story? Don’t rule it out.
In the years since their divorce, the couple have been spotted together at a number of family events and seem to get on well.
“We do everything together as a family,” Shriver told People.
“We’ve maintained very, very close relationships with every member of my entire family and my family has done a great job at keeping us all together.”
It is true that both Schwarzenegger and Shriver have been seeing other people since the split.
Schwarzenegger has been dating physical therapist Heather Milligan since 2013, and they seem to be happy together despite their May-December romance.
Shriver has been linked to a number of men during the separation, but said she was single and “looking” last year.
But the biggest obstacle to a possible reunion is Shriver’s (totally justified) resentment towards her husband.
In her book, I’ve Been Thinking, she opened up about her decision to break up with Schwarzenegger.
“I grew up thinking divorce was a sin,” she wrote. “I couldn’t have been more wrong.”
“I always thought people whose marriages didn’t work out were quitters. I was wrong.”
While there may be no chance at a happily ever after for these two, it’s obvious that Schwarzenegger is still hopeful.
“I don’t need any time to reflect when I know it was a major, major screw-up,” he said in a recent interview.
If you were in Shriver’s shoes, could you ever forgive a cheater?
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