Arnold Schwarzenegger (above) fathered an out-of-wedlock child nearly a decade ago with a member of his household staff, leading Maria Shriver, his wife, to move out after he told her earlier this year, according to people close to the family.
The former California governor issued a statement yesterday acknowledging the events, and said he informed Shriver of the affair after he finished his term in office in January. The baby was born before Schwarzenegger was elected in a special election in 2003. The revelations were first reported by the Los Angeles Times.
“After leaving the governor’s office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago,’’ he said in a statement. “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.’’
Schwarzenegger’s associates said that the employee, who was not identified, moved out of his mansion and that she has since retired with a severance. They said that Schwarzenegger was paying full child support.
The report comes after Schwarzenegger and Shriver, who have four children together, announced that they were separating after 25 years of marriage.
Shriver issued a statement yesterday saying it was a “heartbreaking time,’’ and two of their children, Patrick and Katherine, expressed their love for their family in separate Twitter messages. (The New York Times)