Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver are parting ways after 25 years of marriage.  People reports that the power couple, who have four children together, consider the split a mutual decision.  “After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion, and prayer, we came to this decision together,” they say in a statement.  “At this time, we are living apart, while we work on the future of our relationship.”  Shriver, 55, a TV journalist and a Kennedy, and Schwarzenegger, 63, a bodybuilder-turned-actor-turned-governor, were an unlikely pair from the start, but managed to stay committed to each other despite their differences.

Is it important to be with someone who is different from you?

Cupid’s Advice:

Sometimes opposites attract, but is dating someone who is different from you a good idea?  Cupid has some ideas on whether two people with differing interests can find love:

1. Keep it interesting: Being with someone with contrasting interests can make your relationship more fun.  Your mate can introduce you to new things and vice versa.

2. Mismatched: While it may work for some, dating someone who has a completely opposite personality can also just mean you’re incompatible.

3. Same old, same old: The bottom line is, you should be with someone who makes life fun and exciting.  If you date someone who is exactly like you, you may get a little bored.

Do you think it’s better to date someone similar or different to yourself? Share your comments below.