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Watch Arnold Schwarzenegger's First Public Statement On Split From Maria Shriver

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May 11 2011, Published 4:53 a.m. ET

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Last night Arnold Schwarzenegger made his first public statement on his separation from Maria Shriver, and he made it clear to his audience that they "both love each other very much."

"I just talked to Maria an hour ago before I came here, and we both were saying the same thing, we are amazed and extremely blessed to be surrounded by so many wonderful people," the former California governor said to a crowd at an Israeli Independence Day event in L.A. last night.

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He added, "We both love each other very much, we are very fortunate we have four extraordinary children and we're taking it one day at a time."

News of Arnold and Maria's separation — after 25 years of marriage — shocked the world yesterday when the duo announced their split.

”This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us," they said in a joint statement. "After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion and prayer, we came to this decision together. At this time, we are living apart while we work on the future of our relationship.”

Reports have been circulating that their marriage was on rocky turf for years.

Watch Arnold in the clip, via ABC News, below.

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