He’s one of the most famous people on the planet, a two-term governor of California, a movie star and a former world champion bodybuilder...
Yet somehow, for more than a decade, Arnold Schwarzenegger managed to keep an incredible secret from the public and his wife, prominent former TV journalist and Kennedy heiress Maria Shriver: that he fathered a child with a woman on his household staff more than a decade ago.
The revelation came Tuesday, just a week after we reported that Arnold and Maria announced they had separated.
“I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family,”Schwarzenegger wrote in a statement. “
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.”
Hours later, Shriver also released a statement:
“This is a painful and heartbreaking time. As a mother, my concern is for the children. I ask for compassion, respect and privacy as my children and I try to rebuild our lives and heal. I will have no further comment.”
Two of their four children posted on Twitter, expressing their love for their family.
"Some days you feel like s---, some days you want to quit and just be normal for a bit,”tweeted 17-year-old Patrick Schwarzenegger, quoting the band Fort Minor’s heartbreak song “Where’d You Go.” Adding his own words, he said,
“Yet I love my family till death do us apart.”
His 21-year-old sister, Katherine Schwarzenegger, followed later in the day.
“This is definitely not easy but I appreciate your love and support as i begin to heal and move forward in life,”she said.
“I will always love my family!”