Schwarzenegger Says He Fathered Employee's Child Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has admitted to fathering a child more than a decade ago with a member of his household staff. Earlier this month, he and wife Maria Shriver announced they were separating.
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Schwarzenegger Says He Fathered Employee's Child

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Schwarzenegger Says He Fathered Employee's Child

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Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has admitted to fathering a child more than a decade ago with a member of his household staff. Earlier this month, he and wife Maria Shriver announced they were separating.

MICHELE NORRIS, Host:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Michele Norris.

ROBERT SIEGEL, Host:

The revelation appeared today in the Los Angeles Times, but it did not name the woman involved. As NPR's Ina Jaffe reports, the news helps explain Schwarzenegger's recent separation from his wife, former journalist Maria Shriver.

INA JAFFE: Several weeks ago, Schwarzenegger and Shriver quietly separated after 25 years of marriage. The news became public just last week, and Schwarzenegger was uncharacteristically subdued when he acknowledged the separation at a Jewish community event. He held out hope for reconciliation.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER: We both love each other very much. We are very fortunate that we have four extraordinary children. And we're taking one day at a time.

JAFFE: Still, few Californians seemed shocked to learn of their separation. They'd long been aware of Schwarzenegger's reputation as a womanizer. Before the 2003 recall election that made him governor, the Los Angeles Times reported the allegations of several women who said they'd been groped by Schwarzenegger at the gym, during film shoots or during interviews. But his candidacy was rescued in large part by Shriver coming to his defense.

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MARIA SHRIVER: You can listen to people who have never met Arnold or who met him for five seconds 30 years ago, or you can listen to me.

JAFFE: But the news that Schwarzenegger cheated on his wife under their own roof and kept it secret for 10 years seems to take things to a whole new level, says political analyst Barbara O'Connor.

BARBARA O: Yes, we knew he was a bad boy but we didn't know he was this bad.

JAFFE: O'Connor is also a friend of Maria Shriver's.

CONNOR: You know, when you're betrayed, and you have really supported someone so publicly on the very issue that you're betrayed on, it has to hurt.

JAFFE: Meanwhile, Shriver has publicly acknowledged struggling to figure out what comes next in her life. She posted this video on YouTube.

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SHRIVER: Like a lot of you, I'm in transition, and people come up to me all the time and go: What are you doing next? What are you going to do? What did you come up with?

JAFFE: She also lost both of her parents in the last couple of years. Her children are growing up and going on to college.

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SHRIVER: It is so stressful to not know what you're doing next, when people ask you what are you doing, and then they can't believe that you don't know what you're doing, and then every idea you have, you think, well, maybe I shouldn't do that...

JAFFE: In a statement released today, Shriver called this a painful and heartbreaking time and said she'd have no further comment.

NORRIS: Ina Jaffe, NPR News.

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