Well, damn! We didn’t think the Governator had it in him.
But Arnold Schwarzenegger confirmed to the L.A. Times that he pulled a fast one on both his soon-to-be-ex-wife and his California constituents.
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, separated after she learned he had fathered a child more than a decade ago — before his first run for office — with a longtime member of their household staff.
Shriver moved out of the family’s Brentwood mansion earlier this year, after Schwarzenegger acknowledged the paternity. The staff member worked for the family for 20 years, retiring in January.
“After leaving the governor’s office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago,” Schwarzenegger said Monday night in a statement issued to The Times in response to questions. “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.
“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 took financial responsibility for the child from the start and continued to provide support, according to a source who declined to be identified because of the former governor’s request for privacy.
And if the fact that he kept his sidepiece in his wife’s home more than ten years after knocking her up wasn’t bad enough, she was married at the time. And up until yesterday, Arnold’s baby mama was still telling the world that her ex-husband was the kid’s father.
Oh, these silly Republicans and their high morals and family values.
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