After announcing their separation Monday, Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke publicly for the first time about the split, saying he and wife Maria Shriver are still regularly speaking.

At the 63rd Israel Independence Day Celebration on Tuesday, hosted by the Consulate General of Israel at the Skirball Cultural Center in L.A., the former California Governor explained he had spoken to Shriver "an hour ago" and that they were "taking it one day at a time."

Schwarzenegger went on to thank his "many friends and family for the tremendous amount of support and love that you have given us in the last 24 hours. We both were saying the same thing: we're extremely blessed to be surrounded by so many wonderful people, by so many wonderful friends."

Photos: Arnold and Maria Through the Years!

Schwarzenegger, 63, and Shriver, 55, said in a joint statement Monday that they are going through a "time of great personal and professional transition," but they remain amiable.

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