We knew there had to be something that wasn’t being said when Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver announced last week that they were splitting after 25 years of marriage. Now, the Los Angeles Times brings us the truth—Arnold recently told Maria that he had an affair years ago with a member of their household staff. And, uh, that he fathered a baby with her. Presumably a baby Maria knew well since this was a longtime staff member. “After leaving the governor’s office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago,” Arnold explained. “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.”After Maria learned this news a few months back, she apparently moved out of their family mansion.
This staff member has yet to be named, but sources say Arnold financially cared for her child from the get-go and that she worked for Arnold and Maria until very recently. While they aren’t naming names, the Times interviewed this woman, too. She holds that Arnold isn’t the father of her child—that her husband is. Meanwhile, she says she retired recently of her own volition. “I wanted to achieve my 20 years, then I asked to retire,” she said. “[I] left on good terms.”
What do you think of this new wrinkle in the story? It’s disappointing, but I do have to give Arnold some props for coming clean with this rather than trying to keep it a buried secret. Or then again, maybe not.