Arnold Schwarznegger Opens Up About Affair: ‘One Stupid Mistake Can Destroy a Lot’ (VIDEO)
Appearing on Monday’s Good Morning America to promote the book, Total Recall, the former Governor of California told George Stephanopoulous that the affair was “one of the disastrous situations I’ve created and the worst thing I’ve ever done.”
Shriver divorced Schwarznegger in July of 2011 after finding out that he fathered a son, Joseph, with housekeeper Mildred Baena in 1996. “It’s just the worst thing because it hurt so many people,” he said.
What else did he have to say about the affair?
In the book, Schwarznegger wrote that Shriver was suspicious that Joseph might be his son, because of their resemblance, years before the star actually came clean to her in January 2011.
When Stephanopoulous questioned why he didn’t tell her about the affair earlier, he admits he was scared and didn’t know how to do go about doing it. “I was just, I think, too scared about losing everything, too scared about losing her, losing the family and I just didn’t know how,” he revealed.
Keeping Mildred on staff at their house was an effort to not make the situation worse.
“It’s worse when you start getting rid of people because it’s kind of like punishing somebody for having been in this situation so that’s the best way that I could have handled it,” he said.
Schwarznegger went on to say that he does consider Joseph to be his son and financially supports him and his mother.
He says that writing the book has enabled him to look back and analyze what had happened. He said apologetically, “When you look at the whole thing, it was just so horrible, what it did to the kids, what it did to my wife, because they were really fantastic. I had the most extraordinary family that anyone could ever dream of.”
So what did he learn from the indiscretion?
“I think that you learn that one stupid mistake that maybe you think is good, that moment can really destroy a lot of things and can hurt a lot of people that don’t deserve to be hurt like that.”
The actor said that he is working on rebuilding the relationship between him and his ex-wife and children. “I’m doing everything I can to work on that because I want to get them back together again because I think we were such a terrific family and just because of my doing and doing this stupid thing, I got into the situation that I’m in.”
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