This morning’s shocker—apparently the reason behind Arnold Schwarzenegger’s divorce with Maria Shriver, his wife of 25 years, is the fact that he fathered a child with one of his household staff ten years ago—and has been keeping both the child and the fact that he has been financially supporting it secret the entire time.
Now if that’s not a stunner…
The Boston Herald reports:
LOS ANGELES — Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has acknowledged that he fathered a child with a member of his household staff, a revelation that apparently prompted wife Maria Shriver to leave the couple’s home before they announced their separation last week.
Shriver separately issued a statement saying it was a “heartbreaking time,” and one of their children, Patrick, expressed sadness and a yearning for normalcy in a Twitter message.
Schwarzenegger and Shriver jointly announced May 9 that they were splitting up after 25 years of marriage. Yet, Shriver moved out of the family’s Brentwood mansion earlier in the year after Schwarzenegger acknowledged the child is his, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.
“After leaving the governor’s office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago,” Schwarzenegger told the Times on Monday in a statement that was later sent to The Associated Press. “I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry.
What do you think—should Arnold have simply been upfront about what happened from the beginning? Or did he do the right thing in protecting his wife and career from his earlier infidelities? And what does this spell for his future political career?