Maria Shriver has broken her silence after estranged husband Arnold Schwarzenegger admitted that he fathered a child with a member of his household staff.
The former California governor made the shocking admission today, revealing that he had fathered a child over ten years ago with a longtime member of the couple’s household staff.
It was this revelation that prompted Shriver to leave the couple’s Brentwood, Los Angeles home, shortly before they announced their split after 25 years of marriage.
Schwarzenegger said in a statement published in the Los Angeles Times this morning:
“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 apologised 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,” the statement concluded. “While I deserve your attention and criticism, my family does not.”
Schwarzenegger also said he financially provided for the child, and continues to pay support
The identity of the staffer also remains unknown. She had retired in January after 20 years with the family, says the Times.
Hours after her estranged husband’s revelation, Shriver also released a statement:
“This is a painful and heartbreaking time,” Shriver said. “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.”
Schwarzenegger and Shriver announced their separation just last week.
“This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us,” they said. “After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion and prayer, we came to this decision together. At this time, we are living apart while we work on the future of our relationship.”
Shriver and the Terminator star have four children together; Katherine, 21, Christina, 19, Patrick, 17, and Christopher, 13.
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