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Arnold Schwarzenegger's startling admission that he fathered a child out of wedlock over a decade ago begs a number of questions, chief among them:

  1. Who is the mystery female employee he impregnated?
  2. Having hidden it so well under heavy scrutiny, why admit it now?
  3. How could be run for office while hiding a secret of this magnitude?

We don't know the answer to question #1 right now, though we imagine we will in time. The second is equally unclear. The third? Only Arnold knows.

Maria Shriver, Arnold Schwarzenegger

His mistress, who worked in the family's home and continued to do so until earlier this year, always maintained that her then-husband was the dad.

This is a remarkable story for a number of reasons.

Even if Schwarzenegger's public persona was a macho rogue, adultery doesn't play well with voters ... nor does lying and pulling a John Edwards.

When the former U.S. senator and presidential candidate knocked up Rielle Hunter, he denied it to everyone's face until he was flat out busted.

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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."

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Arnold Schwarzenegger wants Maria Shriver to come back to him. Whether she obliges is a different story, but he's supposedly determined to make it happen.

The Governator is changing his ways to make that happen. Sort of.

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Sources say Arnold finally gets that Maria couldn't stand the fact that he was ignoring her and her needs, having spent very little time together in recent years.

Arnold has actually made headway, making Maria "ambivalent" at times about whether to go through with a divorce, despite their just-announced separation.

"Maria has been tortured over pulling the plug on the marriage," a source says. "One day she's determined to get the hell out, the next day she just can't."

Notably, they just spent an evening at an L.A. area hotel for their anniversary. Doesn't sound like somebody emotionally terrified of their spouse, does it?

One source very familiar with the couple says that amid the separation, "Arnold has done a 180. He's been really sweet to her since all this went down."

Guys. Can't live with 'em, are we right ladies?

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, who announced their surprise split earlier today, had been drifting apart for years, according to reports.

In fact, Shriver had been debating whether to divorce the actor turned Governor since 2009, and was "extremely conflicted" about their marriage.

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Maria has been unhappy with him for years, sources say, and planned to break up in 2009 until her mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, passed away.

Then, Maria wanted to try to break it off with Schwarzenegger again in January 2011, but her father died, once again putting the split on hold.

In any case, insiders say she is fed up with Arnold's infidelities, coupled with the fact he's been "impossible" to live with for myriad reasons.

Moreover, the kids acknowledge the issues and have pushed their mother to call off the marriage, even if it means their parents splitting up.

Despite a strong public persona, Maria has become a "shell of the woman" she appears because she is "terrified" of Arnold in recent years.

Sources emphasize that she's terrified in a strictly emotional, non-physical way.

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In a surprise move, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver look to be terminating their marriage. They announced their separation late yesterday.

"This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us," the duo said in a joint statement to the Los Angeles Times.

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"After a great deal of reflection, discussion and prayer, we came to this decision. We are living apart while we work on the future of our relationship."

Shriver moved out of their Brentwood mansion a few weeks ago.

"We are continuing to parent our four children together. They are the light and the center of both of our lives," the couple adds. "We consider this a private matter and neither we nor any of our friends or family will have further comment."

"We ask for compassion and respect from the media and the public."

Obviously this begs the question: How long had they been unhappy?

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It's 4/20, baby. You know what that means, right? THG does.

Well, sort of. The origins of 420 are hotly debated, but no matter where the term came from, people associate it with smoking massive amounts of weed!

As such, the 20th day of April has become a de facto holiday.

With that in mind, The Hollywood Gossip salutes 10 famous individuals who have been known to puff the herb from time to time. Some even inhale ...

10. Bill Clinton. As President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton presided over the largest peacetime economic expansion in American history.

But boy, was he a terrible liar. The Lewinsky debacle was technically worse (what with perjury charges and all), but "I didn't inhale" was pretty legendary.

9. Jeff Bridges. He played The Dude! Enough said, really. But to further our argument for his inclusion, we suggest reading these Big Lebowski quotes.

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One is a politician, the other a humanitarian. And now Arnold Schwarzenegger and Angelina Jolie can both add a new title to their resumes: comic book hero.

The former Governor of California will soon be transformed by none other than legendary writer Stan Lee, who has created The Governator and tells Entertainment Weekly of the character:

"[He] is going to be a great superhero, but he’ll also be Arnold Schwarzenegger. We’re using all the personal elements of Arnold’s life... Only after he leaves the governor’s office, Arnold decides to become a crime fighter and builds a secret high-tech crime-fighting center under his house in Brentwood.”

Jolie, meanwhile, is the latest in a long line to be honored by Bluewater Productions. That company has also published comic books for Lady Gaga, Justin Biber, Robert Pattinson and many others.

"I learned a great deal about her struggles and triumphs as an award-winning actress, mother and humanitarian," writer Brent Sprecher said of working on the fictional adventure.

He also gave her a giant rack. Check it out above!

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California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sure has a way with words.

Whether he's calling political opponents "girlie men" or nonchalantly musing on life while puffing on a stogie in the jacuzzi during the state's current fiscal catastrophe, Governator Ahhnold certainly has no shortage of critics in politics.

Ones he may have just given a cryptic slap in the legislative face.

His rep calls it a coincidence, but a recent letter Schwarzenegger sent Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano announcing his rejection of Assembly Bill 1176 may contain a not-so-well-hidden, obscene message.

Some believe this was the Guv's classy reaction to this particular lawmaker heckling him, Joe Wilson style, at a recent event in San Francisco.

Just read down the left-hand margin for the message ...

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Coincidence? Careful word choice and alignment? You be the judge!

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How's this for public marital squabbling?

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is calling out his wife, Maria Shriver, for apparently violating a state law and holding her cell phone while driving.

Ahhnold himself passed that very law!

The celebrity gossip site TMZ posted two photographs Tuesday showing Shriver holding a phone behind the wheel, one Sunday and the other in July.

The site later added a video it said was shot Tuesday in Brentwood, a posh area of L.A., where the family lives. It shows Shriver holding a cell phone to her ear while driving a large SUV that appears to be a Cadillac Escalade.

She puts the phone down while the camera is rolling.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and scofflaw wife Maria Shriver.

Upon learning of the infractions, the Governorator promised to regulate.

On his Twitter feed, Schwarzenegger wrote to TMZ's Harvey Levin: "Thanks for bringing her violations to my attention. There's going to be swift action."

Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear says that by "swift action," the governor means he'll ask his wife not to hold her cellphone while driving.

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Sadly, Jon Stewart is not running for president.

But that doesn't mean you can't throw support behind another famous person in office. Numerous celebrities certainly are doing so.

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In the California governor's race, Arnold Schwarzenegger holds adouble-digit edge in the polls - but his lead over Democratic rival Phil Angelides when it comes star wattage is even bigger.

Recently, the actor/governor signed a bill with George Clooney on hand. After that , Schwarzenegger was hanging out with the Dalai Lama. Tony Blair also chimed in a couple days later.

He's the prime minister of England, Paris Hilton.

On Wednesday, the governor returns to NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the same platform where he launched his campaign for governor in 2003.

"I think Angelides has a better chance of trying to arm-wrestle Arnold than he does trying to match him for celebrity attention," said Jonathan Wilcox, who teaches a class on celebrity and society at the University of Southern California.

Arnold's red carpet supporters also include Hollywood heavyweights Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg. His old pal Danny DeVito pops up. He gave a speech last month at a women's conference organized by his celebrity wife, Maria Shriver, where the guest list ranged from Martha Stewart to the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists.

As for Angelides? Well, the state treasurer and a former developer, was joined at recent events by actors Ed Begley Jr. and Daniel Stern.

All he needs is the backing of Peter Sarsgaard and this race for celebrity support will be even!

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