Updated at 12:48 p.m.: Maria Shriver has responded to the news. “This is a painful and heartbreaking time,” Shriver said in a statement. “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.”
Original post published at 7:56 a.m.
The reasons behind the separation of Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger are becoming clearer.
The former governor of California released a statement Tuesday that revealed he fathered a child with a woman who worked on the couple’s household staff. Schwarzenegger says he fathered the child more than 10 years ago but did not share this information with Shriver until recently, the Associated Press reports.
“After leaving the governor’s office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago,” he said in the 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.”
The news was first reported in the L.A. Times, which did not reveal the name of the woman or the child, who was born before Schwarzenegger began his seven years in office. The woman — who initially said the child was fathered by her then-husband when asked about it by an L.A. Times reporter — retired in January after working for the family for 20 years. Schwarzenegger has provided financially for the child, the Times reported.
Shriver reportedly moved out of the couple’s home earlier this year after learning of the situation. “This is a painful and heartbreaking time,” Shriver said of the news in a statement. “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.”