Is Maria Not "Terminating" Her Relationship with Arnold After All?

by Lucinda Loveless

Celebrity Chatter: Arnold might "Be Back" in Maria's Good Graces

Maria and ArnoldAlthough Maria Shriver, 56, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, 64, have been estranged since last May (when Maria discovered that Arnold had fathered a child with the family housekeeper of over 20 years), they spent Christmas together as a family with their children.

Okay, so there's nothing unusual about participating in the holidays together. They also attended Saturday's Christmas Eve mass together where one source told UsWeekly that they seemed like, "one family unit." This, after attending a Lakers Game together at Staples Center. That's a lot of togetherness all of a sudden!

Apparently, Maria is said to be having "second thoughts" about divorcing. She's torn because of her strong religious beliefs and some "extremely sweet" gestures on the part of the "Terminator" star, TMZ reports. TMZ also is reporting that Schwarzenegger "desperately" wants a reconciliation.

A source close to the family (love those "sources") told the New York Daily News:

"He has always cared deeply about her and worked to keep the family close since all of this happened...They both remain very close."

The couple are parents to Katherine, 22, Christina, 20, Patrick, 18, and Christopher, 14 (and of course, lest we forget Arnold is father to a 13-year-old son with their housekeeper).

Do you think Maria truly believes they can have a fresh start or is she about to continue the long tradition of Kennedy women who have forgiven their husbands' extracurricular activities?

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