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.
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."