Arnie admits to multiple affairs

2012-10-01 10:29
Los Angeles - Arnold Schwarzenegger admitted he had multiple affairs during his doomed 25-year marriage to Maria Shriver, but said fathering a child with their housekeeper was the "stupidest" thing he did.

In a TV interview aired before his memoirs were published on Monday, the former bodybuilder and Hollywood star told how Shriver confronted him about the child the day after he left office as California governor in January 2011.

He also admitted he had a habit of living "in denial" and keeping secrets, including not telling Shriver that he was going to run for governor until days before he announced it, and trying to conceal having heart surgery from her.

Boy resembled him physically

"That's the way I handle things. And it always has worked. But, I mean it does not - it's not the best thing for people around me because I sometimes - some information I just keep to myself," he told the CBS show 60 Minutes.

"So I became an expert in living in denial," he said.

Shriver filed for divorce in July last year citing "irreconcilable differences" with her husband, whom she met in 1977 and married in 1986, following him into the California governor's mansion in 2003.

Schwarzenegger had admitted in May 2011 that he had fathered a child, called Joseph and born in 1997, with the family's long-time housekeeper, Mildred Baena, and announced the couple's separation.

In the 60 Minutes interview, he said he realised when Joseph was about seven or eight years old that the boy resembled him physically, and while not discussing it openly, began giving his mother financial support.

'I'm not perfect'

The housekeeper remained in their employment, and Joseph even played with the couple's children.

But her suspicions grew and she finally confronted him the day after he left office, when they saw a marriage counsellor.

Shriver asked him point blank: "Hey, I think that Joseph is your kid," to which he replied: "You're absolutely correct." She filed for divorced a few weeks later.

Baena was not the first time he had been unfaithful to Shriver, he acknowledged - in the book he writes about a "hot affair" with actress Brigitte Nielsen while filming the 1985 film Red Sonja.

Pressed in the CBS interview about other infidelities, he admitted: "I had others. But that's something that's between Maria and me," adding that Shriver knew about his behaviour.

"I'm not perfect," he said.


  • fran.aphane - 2012-10-01 10:49

    What an ass this man is, you will die alone and stressed.

  • magomarele - 2012-10-01 10:53

    And they say one shall not cheat on his wife. No one is perfect, that goes for Zuma and Mbalula, but we shall continue to expect political leaders to lead by example and uphold high moral standard. Not judging, just being honest. Ask Steve Hofmeyer and Joost Van Der Westhuizen about men's sexual behaviors. They hold honest views. Bill Clinton is da Man.

      abram.spamers - 2012-10-01 12:01

      I don't really see movie stars, singers and other celebrities as being on the same level as presidents. When a movie star screws up it reflects upon himself, when a president screws up it reflects upon his country.

  • jenniferann.palmer - 2012-10-01 11:03

    You think...a-hole

  • merven.halo - 2012-10-01 11:06

    Why would anyone have an affair with someone you don't understand and you know what they say about bodybuilders, steroids (which he admitted to have used) and their weenies...

  • Hallo - 2012-10-01 11:08

    Skynet was only the beginning.

  • mrp721 - 2012-10-01 11:45

    A man who cheats and behaves in this manner is not a man, he obviously has no respect for himself or others... Lying, cheating pig... May you die old and alone one day... You are a disgrace!!!!

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-10-01 11:53

    Âge is catching up on him usualy thoze r the last words of dying man:::ONE:::

  • IvdBergh - 2012-10-01 12:26

    I know what he said to his housekeeper a couple of times - " I`ll be BACK !!! " lol

  • sharron.forsyth - 2012-10-01 13:07

    Why did wifey wait until he left office to confront him. Was she afraid of losing her First Lady of California status?

  • waldo.adams.5 - 2012-10-01 14:15

    Can someone please tell what Arnie's affairs have to do with us or the American public? I'm sure his saintly wife also cheated on him at one point during their 25 year marriage. I don't think what he did was right and his wife definitely never deserved to be cheated on no matter what happened in their marriage. So, why make such stuff public. Is even negative publicity good for this waning star?

  • craig.hopkins.376 - 2012-10-03 08:21

    "On your back"

  • maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-10-04 09:03

    Well great, now how does poor Joseph feel when you announce to the world that fathering him was the greatest mistake... Numbnuts!

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