Schwarzenegger: Maid affair was 'stupidest thing'
SACRAMENTO, California (AP) - Arnold Schwarzenegger says the affair he had with his family's longtime housekeeper was "the stupidest thing" he ever did to then-wife Maria Shriver and caused great pain to her and their four children.
"I think it was the stupidest thing I've done in the whole relationship. It was terrible. I inflicted tremendous pain on Maria and unbelievable pain on the kids," Schwarzenegger said of the affair that led to a son, who is now 14.
The former Republican governor of California made the comments in an interview with 60 Minutes that is scheduled to air on Sunday, as the one-time Mr. Universe and Hollywood action star tries to rebrand himself and promote his new autobiography, Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story. CBS aired excerpts of the interview on Friday.
After leaving the governor's office in January 2011, Schwarzenegger, 65, has launched an effort to redeem his reputation in the wake of the embarrassing public revelations about the affair he had with Mildred Baena, a housekeeper who reportedly worked for the family for 20 years. Their son, Joseph, was born just days after Schwarzenegger's youngest child with Shriver.