Arnie: Maid affair was stupidest thing

2012-09-28 22:15
Sacramento - Arnold Schwarzenegger says the affair he had with his family's longtime housekeeper was "the stupidest thing" he ever did to then-wife Maria Shriver and caused great pain to her and their four children.

"I think it was the stupidest thing I've done in the whole relationship. It was terrible. I inflicted tremendous pain on Maria and unbelievable pain on the kids," Schwarzenegger said of the affair that led to a son, who is now 14.

The former Republican governor of California made the comments in an interview with 60 Minutes that is scheduled to air on Sunday, as the one-time Mr Universe and Hollywood action star tries to rebrand himself and promote his new autobiography, Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story.

CBS aired excerpts of the interview on Friday.

Embarrassing public revelations

After leaving the governor's office in January 2011, Schwarzenegger, 65, has launched an effort to redeem his reputation in the wake of the embarrassing public revelations about the affair he had with Mildred Baena, a housekeeper who reportedly worked for the family for 20 years.

Their son, Joseph, was born just days after Schwarzenegger's youngest child with Shriver.

Baena listed her former husband as the father on the birth certificate and has said she did not know for certain who the father was until the boy began looking more and more like Schwarzenegger.

The 60 Minutes interview comes a week after Schwarzenegger launched a think tank at the University of Southern California, the Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy.

He started it in part, he said, because he accomplished only about half of what he set out to do as governor.

Shriver has not read his book

Schwarzenegger has also returned to his acting career, appearing most recently in The Expendables 2 and the forthcoming The Tomb, co-starring Sylvester Stallone, and The Last Stand, which opens in January.

Shriver, a member of the politically powerful Kennedy clan, filed for divorce in July. In a separate excerpt of the 60 Minutes interview released by CBS earlier this week, Schwarzenegger said Shriver has not read his book.

"I think that Maria is, you know, wishing me well in everything I do," Schwarzenegger said.


  • themba.maseko.568 - 2012-09-28 22:54

    It's a mess!!!

      preshen.govender.90 - 2012-09-29 14:30

      We all have people we regret screwing

      preshen.govender.90 - 2012-09-29 14:30

      We all have people we regret screwing

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-09-29 06:58

    Yes, Arnie, but stupid is what stupid does.

      lnd.leroux - 2012-10-01 12:15

      Ha...ha...ha so true!!

  • Adil Smit - 2012-09-29 09:55

    Imagine how the son born from that relationship feels when he reads this comment by The actor.

  • klaus.broszeit.1 - 2012-09-29 12:03

    well at least he is not queer.

  • belinda.minchershaw - 2012-09-29 12:51

    What a load of rubbish! He's only saying that now coz he got caught!

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-30 09:13

    He is also human being forgive and understand him.Nobody is 100% perfect on this planet it doesn't matter that he is global celeb.

  • gus.fernandes.7 - 2012-09-30 12:42

    He is sinking lower and lower into the s..t. How could Maria Shriver ever have seen anything in this guy? His accent alone would put me off.

  • lskosana3 - 2012-09-30 17:07

    Feel so bad for that little boy, he's gonna be scarred for life by this :(

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-10-01 11:41

    You are only sorry because you were caught otherwise it would have gone on, also was your son a mistake wonder how he feels about your comment, you sewed your wild oats and didn't pray for a crop failure.

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