The former California governor reportedly cheated for most of his 25-year marriage to Maria Shriver.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver were together for over 25 years—an eternity by Hollywood standards. But how many of those years did he spend cheating on his wife? And how many total women was he with during their marriage? When all is said and done, this might turn out to be a Tiger-esque list.
"After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago," Schwarzenegger said in a statement, referring to a child he fathered about ten years ago, having an affair with woman who worked in his household. "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." 10 Reasons Maria Shriver Is Better Without Arnold Schwarzenegger
According to a Jezebel report, this wasn't a one-time fling. "About 13 women have come out of the woodwork," one of them being former Little House on the Prairie actress Gigi Goyette. According to her, she began an affair with Arnold back in 1989, just three years into his marriage to Maria. She was apparently offered $20,000 to keep quiet about their relationship, just after the actor-turned-politician announced he'd be running for governor of California.
Goyette thinks Shriver knew about the women, though, saying: "Maria Shriver is a Kennedy so I think that, like a good Kennedy, she decided to ignore what was happening." Until she decided enough was enough? The Frisky predicted Maria may have split from Arnold because she no longer believed the lies that he was actually a faithful husband.
According to TMZ's sources, Arnold used his Santa Monica office building to carry on affairs with at least two different ladies. He reportedly "had numerous, late night rendezvous with various women at his Santa Monica office building... and some of the women were mysteriously carrying legal-sized manila envelopes." This was five to seven years ago, and there were also bedrooms in his office suite. Arnold Schwarzenegger & Maria Shriver Split After 25 Years
The women who frequented his office were presumably his business staff. TMZ indicated that he kept his office staff and household staff apart, and the love child he fathered roughly a decade ago was born to a member of his household staff.
Maria is understandably devastated. She said in a statement: "This is a painful and heartbreaking time. 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."
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