According to the LA Times, former California governor and famed actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is facing a paternity scandal after reports of an illegitimate child surfaced on Monday night. Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, announced last week that they were separating after 25 years of marriage. It is confirmed that the pair chose to separate after Schwarzenegger told Shriver about the child he fathered with a long-time member of their household staff.
“After leaving the governor’s office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement to the LA Times confirming the reports. “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 names of the former staffer and her child have not been released to the public. This creates a grim outlook to those who hoped for a reconciliation between Schwarzenegger and Shriver. The news also casts questions on Schwarzenegger’s future in both politics and Hollywood.