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Arnold Schwarzenegger talks about split for the first time

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Schwarzenegger breaks silence

Arnold Schwarzenegger has spoken publicly about his split from Maria Shriver for the first time and says the pair is still in contact.

Schwarzenegger breaks silenceArnold Schwarzenegger appeared at an Israeli Independence Day event in Los Angeles Tuesday night where he spoke about his split with Maria Shriver, his wife of 25 years, for the first time since going public with the announcement.

"I just talked to Maria an hour ago before I came here," said the actor and former California governator, "and we were both saying the same thing: We're amazed and we're extremely blessed to be surrounded by so many wonderful people, by so many wonderful friends."

"We both love each other very much. We're very fortunate that we have extraordinary children."

"We're taking one day at a time."

See son Patrick Schwarzenegger's comments on his parents' split>>>

Maria Shriver has already moved out of the couple's Brentwood, California mansion. According to reports, a former Schwarzenegger aide says he first heard of the couple's split as far back as January.

You can see video of Schwarzenegger's comments here, courtesy of WCVBtv (who unfortunately disabled video embedding, the party poopers).

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