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Maria Shriver speaks out on the Governator's love child

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Maria Shriver asks for privacy

Maria Shriver speaks out on the controversy surrounding her soon-to-be-ex Arnold Schwarzenegger's love child.

What is this, an episode of The Good Wife? Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger just admitted that he fathered a child out of wedlock a decade ago. The startling revelation is the reason why his wife, Maria Shriver, filed for divorce after 25 years of marriage.

Maria Shriver asks for privacy

"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," Schwarzenegger said in a statement.

However, Shriver isn't staying quiet.

"This is a painful and heartbreaking time," Shriver, 55, said in a statement to People. "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."

What's even more heartbreaking is that Schwarzenegger secretly provided for his love child for the past decade while Shriver and his other four children were in the dark.

We really feel for Shriver, their four children and his other child during all of this. No one asks to be born -- and sometimes people forget that others will be impacted by their actions.

We have to admit -- our view of Schwarzenegger is a bit tainted now. He always seemed like such a family man -- it just goes to show that everyone has secrets.

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Is your view of Arnold Schwarzenegger the same after his revelation?

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