Maria Shriver: The "Gift Of Friendship" Is Getting Me Through

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California's former first lady reveals how she's coping with the Arnold Schwarzenegger drama.

According to People, Maria Shriver admits to feeling "down and confused" over this past year's events, and we can't blame her. She had to endure the news (in the spotlight, no less) that her now-estranged husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, had a long-term affair and an illegitimate child with their household maid many years ago.

This summer, the couple ended up filing for divorce after 25 years—yes, a quarter of a century. And we thought our lives were complicated. Arnold Schwarzenegger & Maria Shriver Split After 25 Years

So how did the journalist manage to get through her less than positive moment in the spotlight? The 55-year-old admits that her friendships are what helped her survive.

"I appreciate your support, particularly this year, for sticking with me," she said at a charity bicycle race event in California this weekend.

"When I was going through my own challenges this year; feeling down and confused, I got an email from [a friend]. He wrote me a note saying, 'You're my best friend Maria and you will never be left out'... When the world is so complicated, the simple gift of friendship is within all of our hands." Win $550 Worth Of Luxury Goods From Henri Bendel!

How do you get through rough patches in your love life?

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