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Why Did Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver Split?


Why Did Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver Split?
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Question: Why Did Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver Split?

We can all stop speculating and scratching our heads as to why former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver called it quits on their marriage in early 2011. After learning that Arnold, 63, fathered a child with a member of their household staff, Maria, 55, decided to move on and not look back. The child was born fourteen years ago, but apparently she was only told of the affair in early 2011, according to reports from the LA Times.

Arnold released a statement to the media saying: "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."

The actor goes on to say: "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. While I deserve your attention and criticism, my family does not."

Conveniently, the employee and mother of Arnold's love child retired in January 2011 (with a severance package) after working for the family for 20 long years. What will happen next? Will other random women come forward claiming that they too had affairs with Arnold? What if there are even more kids out there that he fathered?

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