Maria Shriver, the wife of California’s former governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has requested sympathy and privacy from the media (and the public in general) while she works her way through the news that her husband of 25 years fathered an illegitimate child during their marriage.
Approximately 10 years ago, Schwarzenegger had an affair with a member of his housekeeping staff which resulted in her becoming pregnant and ultimately giving birth to a son.
The California power couple had recently separated and there had been a great deal of speculation in the media about what the cause might have been. Until yesterday, the actual truth was not known. According to the Los Angeles Times, Schwarzenegger confessed his transgressions to Maria recently.
He had done so prior to leaving his position as governor.
In a public statement on the matter, Schwarzenegger, 63, said that he would take full responsibility for his actions and the subsequent damage that they have caused to his family and friends.
It was also reported in the Times that the woman with whom he had an affair and child continued to work for him at his home until January of this year. It was also revealed that he provides ongoing financial support for the child as well.