Arnold Schwarzenegger Admits Fathering Child Out of Wedlock

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The separation of former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver took a shocking new twist Monday. The Los Angeles Times reported that they split after Shriver was informed that her husband fathered a child out of wedlock.

Schwarzenegger confirmed the affair and paternity of the child, born to a longtime female member of their household staff more than a decade ago.

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The employee retired in January after 20 years with the family.

Arnold and Maria's separation after 25 years of marriage came as a shock last week. Shriver moved out of their mansion after he confirmed the paternity.

In a statement, Schwarzenegger said: "After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago. 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."

"I ask that the media respect my wife and children through this extremely difficult time. While I deserve your attention and criticism, my family does not. "

Schwarzenegger, who has four children with Shriver, said he financially provided for the child, whose name and the mother's are not being released.

The Times will not name Arnold's Rielle Hunter equivalent, but chances are very good her identity will surface at some point, for better or for worse.

In an interview Monday before Schwarzenegger issued his statement, the former staffer said another man - her then-husband - was the child's father.

She said she voluntarily left her position with the couple earlier this year after reaching a longstanding goal of working for them for two decades.

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For shame poor maria what a thing to have to face let alone publically my heart goes out to her.

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"Get dawn!! Get to to the choppa!!" Those are the words Arnold used as Maria chased after him with a golf club.

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You are a washed up scum bag. Cant believe some of the people on here kissing up to you. You are really disgusting to have the
woman keep on working in your home under Maria's nose. Karma is coming your way for sure.

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Whatever these two decide to do I think they need to do it out of the glare of the spotlight. Mostly because I cannot imagine the pain Maria must be in. That her husband had an affair is bad enough, but to know there is a child involved and it was kept secret for a decade, basically lying by omission for 10 years must be overwhelming. I don't know what I would do if it were my husband but I'm sure I would need some time alone to process it and decide if I could deal with it and stay married. His actions were awaful but both Maria and this child he fathered did nothing wrong and should be left alone to cope and hopefully heal in their own time and at their pace.

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You still have my respect why? because you show a lot of respect for your wife and kids. And that I have to respect. You made a mistake and learned from it I just hope they see the same thing. It sadens me to see yous split because I know the heartake and pain that comes with seperation and divorce but i also know the anger. I do hope your wife takes time to really sort her feelins out and finds it in her heart to forgive you and start a new with you. I wish i could have done that with my ex husband but he remarried before I faced my true feelings.

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Scumbag on Sooo many levels.

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Hopefully Maria and Arnold will be able to settle their differences amongst themselves!!

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