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Arnold Schwarzenegger's First Words About Separation from Maria Shriver

Entertainment Tonight, Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 9:07pm (PDT)

Just one day after announcing his separation from wife of 25 years, Maria Shriver, Arnold Schwarzenegger was back in the limelight Tuesday night in Los Angeles. While accepting an award at the Skirball Cultural Center in honor of Israeli Independence Day, Arnold acknowledged his marital struggles and thanked everyone for the "tremendous amount of support" he's received.

He has not cut off lines of communication with his estranged wife, with whom he shares four children. Despite living apart, Arnold revealed he spoke to Maria soon before arriving at the event. The separated couple discussed their gratitude for the outpouring of support from friends during this hurdle in their relationship.

Is there hope for reconciliation? Unsure of what the future holds for their rocky marriage, Arnold and Maria are taking it one day at a time. He said sincerely, "We both love each other very much."

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