The actor describes his wife confronting him about the child he’d fathered with his housekeeper and the moment he decided to come clean.
When Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver announced their divorce in 2011, it came as a shock to almost everyone. The couple had been married since 1986 and to many seemed like the perfect couple. The timing of the split was a clue though, since it was just after he left the governor’s mansion in California. It turns out that timing was no accident.
Schwarzenegger has written a new book based on his life, and at the very end he explains the breakup. He wrote that the day after he left office in January 2011, his wife asked him to attend a counseling session with him.
“The minute we sat down, the therapist turned to me and said, ‘Maria wanted to come here today and to ask about a child — whether you fathered a child with your housekeeper Mildred,'” he writes, according to the Washington Post.
He said Shriver had asked him the question before and he had always denied it. But this time, he decided to tell the truth. The book, Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story, is an autobiography of the actor and former California governor.
“He divulges that he had sex with Baena in 1996 in the guesthouse of his Pacific Palisades, Calif., mansion while Shriver was away on vacation with their kids and he was stuck in Hollywood working on the flick Batman & Robin,” said the New York Daily News.
According to Good Morning America, Schwarzenegger said he tried to deny to himself the child was his, but as the boy got older, the resemblance became too similar to ignore. But even then, he still didn’t come clean with his wife.
“Instead of doing the right thing, I’d just put the truth in a mental compartment and lock it up where I didn’t deal with it every day,” he writes, according to the New York Daily News.
Despite everything, Schwarzenegger says he still hopes he and Shriver will get back together someday. His autobiography will hit bookstores on Oct. 1.