Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks out for first time since separation from Maria Shriver


The former California governor was honored Tuesday night at the Skirball Cultural Center for his work supporting the state of Israel. But first, Schwarzenegger thanked the public for the support he and Shriver have received.

"Before I start tonight, I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge and to thank the many friends and family for the tremendous amount of support and love and prayer that we've gotten over the last 24 hours," said Schwarzenegger.

In what were his first public remarks since Monday's announcement, Schwarzenegger made clear that he and his wife of 25 years are still on good terms.

"I just talked to Maria an hour ago before I came here, and we both were saying the same thing. We're amazed and we're extremely blessed to be surrounded by so many wonderful people and so many wonderful friends," Schwarzenegger said. "We both love each other very much. We are very fortunate to have four extraordinary children, and we are taking one day at a time."

Schwarzenegger was scheduled to take part in a photo op prior to the event, but he was a no show even though reporters had been instructed by the Israeli consulate not to ask him any questions.

Other dignitaries at the event, which celebrated Israel's 63rd anniversary of independence, spoke in support of the former governor.

"They're wonderful people," said former California Gov. Gray Davis. "You know, sometimes these things don't work out and God knows for reasons we don't know. So I wish them all the best."

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