Maria Shriver Speaks Out About Arnold's Secret Child

May 17, 2011 By:
Maria Shriver Speaks Out About Arnold's Secret Child

Maria Shriver just released a statement about Arnold’s shocking confession—that he secretly fathered a child with a household staff member.

"This is a painful and heartbreaking time," Shriver, 55. "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."

Arnold confessed that he has a 10 year-old son with a longtime staff member, who has been with the family for over 20 years. The identity of the woman is being kept a secret, but rumor has it that it’s the housekeeper. She was let go in January with a hefty severance package.

The worse part is Arnold didn’t bother telling Maria about the scandalous affair until he left office in January. ‘Oh by the way honey, you know the housekeeper’s son? Yeah, he’s mine.’ Bet that was an interesting conversation.

Maria understandably didn’t want anything to do with Arnold after he broke the news to her and she moved out of their family home and into a hotel.

"I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family," Arnold said. "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."

This is just so sad. Maria will appear on Oprah’s final show, presumably to talk about the scandal in length. More details coming soon!