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Schwarzenegger

Fathered

Out-of-Wedlock Baby

5/17/2011 12:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a baby with a member of his household staff, and that is what sent Maria Shriver packing ... and right into the office of a powerful financial adviser to get her affairs in order to end her marriage, TMZ has learned.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Love Child
Sources say Maria was distraught after learning Arnold pulled a John Edwards. The baby mama worked for the family for two decades, retired and received a severance package, according to the L.A. Times.

The baby was born more than a decade ago, but until recently Maria thought the father was the woman's husband at the time.

Schwarzenegger told The Times, "After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago. 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 apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry."

TMZ heard about the baby 5 days ago, but everyone in the Schwarzenegger camp was denying it.  But sources told us Maria was "completely distraught" yet determined to move on with her life.  She has not pulled the trigger to end her marriage on the legal side, but she has been working with a very powerful financial adviser who has been helping her position herself for a divorce.

We believe -- though have not confirmed -- there is a prenup, but the couple has been together so long the effectiveness of it is problematic.

UPDATE: Maria released a statement saying, "This is a painful and heartbreaking time. As a mother, my concern is for the children."

She continued, "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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91.

rayy    

She's probably worth way more than him.

"Consider dat ah divorce!"

1202 days ago
92.

cljar    

What happened to that defense of marriage Arnold? Didn't you support that for a while? I suppose that only applies to the gays. You heterosexuals can screw around all you want, even have children out of wedlock, while you are governor no less. What a class act. When are you people of California going to stop electing people like this in office?

1202 days ago
93.

LOL    

What an egomaniac self centered jerk Arnold! You have the gall to go to church and act like all is well? I wonder if Maria can get an annulment? She is a hard working honest Mother and journalist. Stays faithful and true to her husband and this is what he pulls ? Grow up Arnie!! Ill never ever watch another movie with you again.

1202 days ago
94.

karen darvin    

i am 56 and would have to say at this point there are no faithful men.People like our parents(mine were married for 50 ers) are from another era. so we grew up with an outdated notion of monogamy and still in our hearts wished for it.i have never been married but i have two children and their father has always been wonderful to me and supported me and I am even friends with his wife.But believe me their was some major pain there, and there still is, I just keep it locked away.He could have stopped supporting me long ago when the kids were of legal age but i am well taken care of because he gave his word he would take are of me. No legal papers.but I have given up on love of the fairytale type.I st ill look g ood and I could get a man, but I kind of like being alone and doing my own thing.It can get lonely with children grown and friends scattered, but I don't trust t hem.Every time I even try to date they immediatey jump on me, sometimes without even the date part.Something is seriously wrong with men, and I think part of it is porn being so freely about.And maybe we were not meant to be monogamous.but the pain of betrayal hurts and thre is aways self doubt, i wasn't pretty enough, I wasn't sexy enough, i wasn't this or that. No, men just can't control their lust.And women have no qualms about being available to married men if they are rich or powerful .I don't trust them either, if i had another husband i wouldn't let half my fr iends around him.And yea, silly as it soundds, don't have good looking help!The world is changing, and lifelong love and devotion is a joke!

1202 days ago
95.

Ronald Austin    

KET said: "there's a reason why it matters more what he did than . . . whether me or my husband have cheated. [The maid] wasn't a public servant who hid this in order to get elected."

Oh, so when you and your husband apply for work, do you list your infidelities on the job application?

Believe it or not, this whole affair is actually NONE of your business and whether you or your husband are cheaters should matter more to you than what Arnold the actor/ex-governor does.

1202 days ago
96.

Rita    

Only one woed to discribe this "GROSS"

1202 days ago
97.

KATHY =( ^-^ )=    

Harvey ..we are relying on you to get the info and photos of the other woman & child..And lets hope it doesn't look like Arnold. .Yikes.

1202 days ago
98.

Monique    

Geez there's Jessie Jackson, John Edwards and The Sperminator. This is why women are better politicians because they don't get into scandals like this.

1202 days ago
99.

Sammie    

After all this time, why did he tell her? His guilty conscious? All that happened was he feels better and he transferred all his crap over to her. what a selfish a**hole.

1202 days ago
100.

Frau Detmolders    

[long drawn-out faaarrrttt...]

1202 days ago
101.

LynGal    

Figures, typical male--can't keep in their pants. Happened to me after eight years of marriage. I can relate and feel for Maria, Arnold is a DOG.

1202 days ago
102.

Sammie    

Did the woman's husband know that wasn't his child? If not, then Arnie was beyond an a**hole in telling his wife & publicizing this decade old even. He hasn't ruined his life - he's fine, feels free now after telling his dirty secrets - but he may have not only put the finall nail in his own marrriage and really hurt his wife when he didn't have to but he could have destroyed a 2nd marriage. What the hell is the matter with these people they can't keep it in their f**king pants? If you want to screw around, fine, but have the friggin decency and balls to leave the person you're with first then you dan do whatever you want without damaging anybody. Hopefully, Karma will get him.

1202 days ago
103.

MarkByrn    

Was Maria really that gullible or is it the fact you can't sweep the love child under the rug? Listen up ladies, this is the nature of the beast.

1202 days ago
104.

Meanie    

Mistake my ass. He couldn't and can't keep it in his pants. Jeeze Awrolde... someone IN your own home.

1202 days ago
105.

Sloane    

like they always say-especially in politics..

IT'S NOT THE CRIME...IT'S THE COVER-UP!

just ask Richard Nixon/Bill Clinton to start with

what he did was bad enough
had he come clean 10 years ago there is a possibility they could have gone to a counsellor and she may have forgiven him after a lot of time and soul searching-who knows what was going on in their lives/marriage at the time (even though that is NEVER a reason)

but covering it up with a 10 year lie..that puts it into an entire different category for her
can totally understand that

1202 days ago
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