Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, newly estranged from his wife of 25 years and seeking to resume his Hollywood career, has acknowledged fathering a child more than a decade ago with a member of his household staff.
The revelation came a week after Schwarzenegger — the Austrian-born former bodybuilder-turned-film star — and wife Maria Shriver, a journalist and member of the Kennedy dynasty, jointly announced their marital split.
Schwarzenegger, who left office in January and may be about to revive his action movie career with a new “Terminator” film, admitted he fathered a child out of wedlock in response to questions by the Los Angeles Times.
“After leaving the governor’s office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago,” Schwarzenegger said in replying to the Times. A Schwarzenegger spokesman later gave a copy of the statement to Reuters.
“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,” Schwarzenegger, 63, said in the statement.