Maria Shriver released a statement today on the matter that Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a secret love child. Arnold himself confirmed to the Los Angeles Times newspaper that he did indeed have an affair with a woman who was a member of the couple′s household staff, and had child with the woman. Arnold and Maria announced just over a week ago that they were separating after their 25-year marriage. Shriver, 55, had issued a statement several days ago saying that she felt that she had made too many sacrifices for his career. But Arnold tells a different story now that he apparently had a 20-year-long affair with the household staffer, resulting in a love-child who is now 10 years old.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and wife Maria Shriver in happier times before news of Arnold′s love-child and their marriage separation. Image Credit: Don Feria/

Schwarzenegger, 63, explains that he kept it secret so long so the woman could get her 20 years, retire and leave on good terms. That he has been secretly paying support for the now 10-year old love-child. Arnold issued a statement on the matter. “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.”

In her statement today, Maria Shriver responded to the story. “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.”

So the Camelot-West marriage may be over between Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger as he fathered a secret love child from an illicit affair Arnold had with a member of the couple′s household staff. The 10-year old love-child is the result of a 20-year affair Arnold had with the woman, and kept it secret so she could retire and get a pension. Now that′s a new one! According to some sources, like TMZ, Maria may have learned about the love child several months ago. Arnold and Maria are now separated after 25 years of marriage.

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