Maria Shriver suspected Arnold’s cheating, but didn’t confront him until last year

These are photos of Arnold Schwarzenegger out promoting his book yesterday in NY, and outside The Daily Show. His face looks so orange and tight, and you can see the makeup around his hairline. I believe he’s had a facelift that settled moderately well, and that he’s not getting botox and fillers at least.

In Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 60 Minutes interview on Sunday, he gave the impression that his estranged wife Maria Shriver was completely aware that he had cheated on her multiple times during their marriage. Arnold was talking about his admitted affair with actress Brigitte Nielsen in the mid 80s, when he was living with Maria but had not yet married to her. 60 Minutes’ Leslie Stahl asked him if that was his only affair, and he said “No. I had others. But I mean… it’s something that’s obviously between Maria and me.” So even though Ahnold didn’t state it outright, he definitely made it sound like Maria knew he was a serial cheater.

According to sources who spoke to TMZ, that’s not the case and Maria is peeved, especially because she defended him against sexual harassment and groping charges in 2003. First of all, 60 Minutes never asked Maria for her take on the story before it aired. This seems standard for their celebrity profiles, but in this case Arnold was talking about how his wife confronted him about his love child, and how she reacted to the scandal, and we had to take his word on it. He admitted that Maria hadn’t read the book at all, but said that she gives him a kind of blanket approval and “is wishing me well with everything I do.” When that involves sharing such personal and painful details of her life, I doubt that’s the case, but we can’t expect Arnold to try and spare his wife’s feelings after 25 years of marriage.

Arnold Schwarzenegger was lying through his gap teeth when he claimed Maria Shriver KNEW he was banging other women during their marriage … this according to multiple sources connected to Maria.

Arnold fessed up to cheating on Maria multiple times during his interview with “60 Minutes” last night … saying Maria knew about ALL of his trysts.

But one source close to Maria tells us … “BULLSH*T” — saying Maria never would have defended him against all of the groping claims several years ago had she known Arnold was stepping out. The source also says Maria would have ended the marriage had Arnold told her.

Another source tells TMZ … Maria definitely suspected Arnold was screwing around behind her back … but it was never discussed until she confronted him about his love child with the maid.

But we’re told Maria was really in love with Arnold during their marriage … and was truly crushed when she learned of his betrayal.

[From TMZ]

So here’s the thing. Maria “suspected” that Arnold was screwing around, but she stayed. A lot of women do that and I don’t blame them. They have kids and families and a life with these men, and they want to believe the best of them, and that they’ve changed or that it was a one-time thing. They stick their heads in the sand instead of doing some digging. The reality is often a lot harsher than they believe, and Maria’s being faced with it full-on now that Arnold is promoting his book – which she allegedly hasn’t read yet. Sources tell TMZ Maria doesn’t want to read it, and that “What Maria has already been through.. nothing surprises her anymore.” As for what’s in the book, The Daily Beast has a nice overview of the best parts, most of which we’ve already heard in the press. It doesn’t sound like Arnold admits to groping women, cheating on his wife, and generally being an a*hole beyond the minor details of his indiscretions he’s shared and tried to gloss over. (Love child – no biggie! It was a one time thing with the maid. It wasn’t hush money, I just wanted to help her out. I did cheat with a co-star but I wasn’t married yet.)

Arnold had a live interview on ABC News yesterday. He bragged about his accomplishments, but he did seem to be trying to sound more contrite than he did on 60 Minutes. He must have realized how poorly he came across, and how arrogant he seemed. He called his affair with the maid “one of the disastrous situations I’ve created and the worst thing that I’ve ever done.” He also dismissed it as “one stupid mistake.” He also said that he hopes to reconcile with Maria and thinks she wants it too. “Maybe Maria doesn’t say that, but I’m sure that Maria wishes that we could all be together and I definitely wish that we could all be together.” Keep dreaming. Stay strong, Maria, don’t take him back!

Here’s Arnold promoting his book in NY City and outside the Daily Show yesterday. Maria is shown on 6-13-12. Credit: and FameFlynet

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  1. Honey Poo Poo formally known as beyonce's bump says:

    He’s so ugly….ugh, one of my “losing faith in humanity” moments was the day this thing was elected governor. His arrogance and self entitlement issues is just beyond disgusting. I don’t like Shriver either

  2. Happymom says:

    I would think this book and his promotion of it is ensuring that they never get back together. I would also imagine that it would further alienate his kids. But then again-they lived with the man-they must all realize what a narcissistic tool he is.

  3. TheOriginalKitten says:

    So can we stop blaming Shriver for Arnold’s infidelity and general douchiness now? Please?

    The comments yesterday were really indicative of a serious problem among the female population.
    I’m not saying you have to agree with her choices, but stop labeling her an an “enabler” and support her for doing what she thought was right at the time.
    Additionally, I don’t see how judging her AFTER the fact is really contributing anything productive to the discussion of infidelity. Maybe you would have left, I’m pretty certain I would have, but who knows what we would do until we’re in that situation? Cut the woman some slack please and try to reserve judgment, especially when there are kids involved.

    Let’s just remember-she’s not the problem here, she’s not responsible for his sh*tty behavior, HE is.

    • I.want.cake says:

      I completely agree with you. This guy is an ass, plain and simple.

      • Aussie girl says:

        I can not believe his behaviour has gone lower than it has already been. It’s like he just wants to keep hurting maria! Wtf is his problem, does he enjoy ripping the old wound open again & adding more MF salt. Seriously! This guy his CRAY in the head!

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Agreed. The worst part is his complete and utter lack of remorse or shame regarding his behavior. DISGUSTING this guy is.

    • Laurabb says:

      Yes, I agree with everything that you wrote.

    • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

      Great points! (Cough..#6cough..)

    • sapphire says:

      I totally agree. We don’t know what when on with Shriver or what was at risk. In no way is she responsible for this asshat who views women as disposible.

      Does it tell you anything that at least one of the children has changed their name to “Shriver”?

    • Audrey says:

      You can be an enabler and still think you’re doing the right thing at the time. I mean, does any enabler really think of themselves as enablers?

      Maria came from a family where men cheated on their wives, she learned how to “not see” the infidelities either consciously or subconsciously.

      That said, HE cheated. He’s an ass.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        I just really detest the term “enabler” in the context of infidelity because I think it undermines the level of accountability and responsibility involved on the part of the cheater.
        The insinuation being that the “enabler” subconsciously aided in the cheating, which I firmly believe is not only untrue, but incredibly unfair to say. The burden of responsibility needs to be put squarely on the shoulders of the victimizer, NOT the victim. I mean, maybe it’s just a matter of semantics here, but calling Shriver an enabler in this scenario is almost implying that Arnold has some sort of uncontrollable disease where he’s compelled to grope, fondle, and f*ck other women.

        I don’t know…I think it’s the terminology that aggravates me.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      OKitt (and other ladies), I agree. Please read my comment below – #14. (It’s long and I don’t want to repeat it all.)

      To call a woman an “enabler” makes it sound like SHE’S complicit in HIS cheating. Yeah, like she was hiring gorgeous man-eaters as nannies and housekeepers, then adjusting her schedule so he could boff them at his convenience. (And do NOT pull out the “she let herself go” card, because I will go NUCLEAR.)

      Right. And Elin Googled “skanky hookers” online for Tiger. *rolls eyes so hard head hurts*

  4. Suzy (from Ontario, Canada) says:

    I think it’s disgusting how narcisstic he is. He clearly doesn’t care about how Maria and his kids might feel about all his revelations. It’s all about him. If someone else gets humiliated, too bad. And the way he’s being so stingy and fighting her over the divorce settlement? He really is a douche. After all his bad behaviour, he should be giving her everything.

  5. LouLou says:

    Nice skull ring. Is he a skater now?

    • Aussie girl says:

      Lol!! Good call!

    • BreeinSEA says:

      Lol! I’m sad… I grew up loving him. He reminded me of my dad. Yuck now. How does his illegitimate child feel being called a mistake?

      • Hakura says:

        That’s a very good point… But if Arnold couldn’t be bothered to think of the feelings of his wife or other children, why on earth would he start for a child he never wanted & continually denied-by-omission all those years?

  6. Talie says:

    I am really disappointed in Maria…to me she is coming off as phony as Demi Moore. She wrote all these inspiration books and discredited those women her husband groped because she claimed he was a good man, all the while she knew what was up. Of course, she and her husband wait to blow up their lives until after he’s out of office so it won’t be embarrassing for them. Two losers!

    • Jayna says:

      I don’t think it is that cut and dry. I think the years of giving up her career and his focus on the governship, probably ignoring her, took its toll during those eight years. I was shocked towards the end of his last term the video she did and she was clearly a sad woman kind of lost. She had hit her fifties, lost her career, and obviously unhappy and trying to figure out who she was in the next chapter of her life. Not the Maria I knew. This was before she found out about the boy.

      • Talie says:

        I just find it disappointing because I really looked up to her and respected her word. I think if she knew a lot of this during his stay in office, which it appears she did, then she should’ve just backed out then instead of taking a hit for politics.

    • RN says:

      You don’t know what she knew – plain and simple. You’re reading gossip and taking it as her truth. Go ahead and be disappointed, if you choose, but realize that you’re disappointed in something that you don’t have the facts about.

      • Talie says:

        Oh please, she’s been with the man for decades and she’s an influential, well-connected woman…she knew and she ignored it. I’m so sick of seeing people profit off of a life filled with lies.

  7. dooliloo says:

    It’s baffling how a man doesn’t face his action and avoids it all by throwing his ex wife under a bus, hence people would then focus on her and blame her for “having known but kept quiet”.. Not saying that Maria is a “saint” but honestly it’s like basically all is her fault he is “just a man…”

    Lately on our news here a popular comic Brit guy is in court lately for harrassment… and his peers are defending him saying “harrassing a woman isn’t really a crime”, whereas apparently there are facts that the man was so jealous he pushed his ex on the road and she almost got hit by a cab (if I recollect the information properly).. It gave me the chills!

    A friend of mine threw her partner out of the house a couple of days ago, the man told her if they kept living in the same house she needed to ne OK with him seeing someone else… But unfortunately her mother came to visit the next day, so the bastard came back home, and she felt trapped to let him back in the house so her mother wouldn’t suspect anything… and now he is blaming her because of an unplanned pregnancy and that is why he prefers to see someone else (his explanantion!)

    In which kind of world and society are we living in with so called “men” getting away scot-free for their despicable behaviour?? I wonder…

    I believe Schwarzie deserves a good punch in the head to kick start his brain.. If he got any brain cells left of course!

    • Hakura says:

      I’m pretty sure you’d be too late, all the years doing steroids beat you to it…

      I realize how juvenile this sounds, but it’s a damned shame men don’t get pregnant. Then the women could simply ‘decide’ they were finished with the relationship & hop to someone new sans baggage.

  8. Jayna says:

    His newer interviews are trying to be more regretful. LOL He doesn’t have the charm to sit in an interview and show remorse like Clinton can do.

    This macho-ness and cavalier attitude unfortunately overshadows probably a great book, because Arnold’s story is really amazing, where he came from and what he accomplished when he was written off as a Hungarian musclehead. But I have no desire to read it because as a woman the way he treated his wife with little to no insight about himself in telling that part of it rubs me the wrong way. But it will be a bestseller.

    • Hakura says:

      Why is it the assholes are always the most interesting? Unfortunately I’m with you…He disgusts me beyond the point of wanting anything to do with him.

  9. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    I hope he becomes publicly shunned like Tiger and Jesse. Most people have no respect for those individuals anymore, and rightfully so. No moral compass whatsoever. I fully believe in “reap what you sow.” Their time is coming.

    I hope his book flops, Maria finds healing and real love and his kids can find true happiness without bearing the burden of their father’s indiscretions for the remainder of their lives.

  10. lin234 says:

    I see she’s just following the Kennedy manual. I hope she’s gotten herself checked out over the years if she knew about his wandering peen.

    • Melissa says:

      I agree. I think he made a great move marrying her – Kennedy women always put up with tons of s**t!

  11. Chicagogurl17 says:

    He’s disgusting. And while cheating is never the thing to do, he created a child, a child I’m sure doesn’t want to be called “one of the disastrous situations I’ve created and the worst thing that I’ve ever done.”

    He’s a true politician. This man does not know how to apologize.

    • Audrey says:

      I thought that too when I heard him say it. The child is not a “disastrous situation”, he’s a human being.

    • Hakura says:

      As I said in another comment above.. If he couldn’t be bothered to consider the feelings of his wife & children, why would he start for a child he never wanted, that he ‘denied-by-ommission’ all those years?

  12. Lem says:

    He has a chain attached to his suit. Would that be a wallet chain? He already appears to have a watch on his left arm. Attaching a pocket watch to the outside suit pocket would be slightly less tacky, I think its a wallet.

  13. Ravensdaughter says:


  14. the original bellaluna says:

    I’m sure she had her suspicions. Women are NOT stupid creatures by nature. And if she had asked him through the years, would he have admitted it? No, likely not.

    He didn’t admit it until she confronted him with the irrefutable evidence that she already KNEW he had a child the same age as their youngest son with another woman.

    I speak with authority on this, because I KNEW IN MY BONES that my ex-husband was cheating on me, but every time I confronted him with my suspicions, he pulled the typical man bullshit about me being “crazy” and “paranoid” and “a bitch.”

    Well, guess what? This “crazy, paranoid
    bitch” was right! And when I came home early from work one morning to find him changing the sheets (AFTER I’d already told him I was divorcing him and taking the kids to my new place in less than 2 weeks), THAT’S when I knew I’d been right all along and was NONE of those things he’d accused me of being.

    Sometimes irrefutable proof needs to confront BOTH parties before the truth is admitted and action is taken.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      THANK YOU.

      People make it seem like it’s black and white-as if Arnold told Maria years ago that he was going to screw whoever he wanted and she was like “sure thing!”

      I’m sure there was plenty of denying on Arnold’s part (because he’s a coward) and I wouldn’t be surprised if she sunconsciously wanted to believe him (who the hell wants to believe the person they trust the most is betraying them?)
      Throw kids into the mix and I just don’t see how people can blame her. She chose to side with her husband/father of her children and I’m sure she regrets it. I’m not saying she didn’t make choices or that she’s not responsible for those choices, just that hindsight is 20/20. IMO, a little empathy and less judgement would be a more appropriate response to Shriver.

      The craziest part is that this woman is CONTINUING to be embarassed and humiliated, NOW by Arnold publishing this “tell-all” trash. I mean, do we really need to kick a sister while she’s down?

      • Hakura says:

        AMEN. I’m just glad to see our position (which seems so obvious to me) is getting more support in this thread.

        No one is perfect. Relationships can cause you to behave in ways you never thought you would, & everyone has regrets. Can we really blame her for wanting to believe her husband?

        She probably felt like she *was* protecting her children… from knowing what a bastard their father is, or from going through the breakup battle in public. He obviously doesn’t give a damn what his children see or hear, or how it makes them feel.

  15. Jackie O says:

    he clearly has no respect for women.

    his wife has denied and covered up for him for years.

    they both make me ill.

  16. Alexa says:

    The Sperminator is really making me sick and is probably a lost cause at this point. And since Arnold’s been in the news, I’m reminded of my childhood and my father’s obsession with 1977′s “Pumping Iron” (the movie and book). Inspired by the movie and Aughnuld, my father began seriously body building too. I know he thought Aughnuld was The Man . . . I just really, REALLY hope he’s changed his mind about that now. (I just checked; they’re about the same age.)

  17. jes_sayin says:

    This guy has ALL the hallmarks of being (verbally) abusive: selfish, narcissistic, narrow-minded, entitled, a “taker”, paternalistic thinker, blame shifter, etc. (did anyone notice on 60 Minutes, the SMIRKING while admitting to his re-occurring affairs? Wow.)

    See a pattern here? At the end of the day, the only thing he truly cares about is HIMSELF.

  18. Mrs. Ari Gold says:

    When I saw the 60 Minutes interview I was shocked that anyone could be so hurtful to others. He has done so much damage to himself with this book. Ironic, since he selfishly wrote it to ‘help clear his name’.

    This PR tour will cause those kids to never forgive him. He clearly isn’t sorry now, but trust me, he will be. I bet the family was trying to forgive him until this. These kids are going to make him ‘pay’ for the rest of his life now that he has been so hurtful with this book.

    While we are on the subject – Can you imagine the confusion and betrayl that his son with Maria Shriver must feel knowing that all these years Arnold KNEW he had another son the EXACT same age? And before that, this son thought he was the only son of the family?

    Most disgusting is the treatment of the son he had with the housekeeper. The selfishness of this man that he would say he is ‘the worst mistake’ on national television over and over. This man is not human. He is greedy, selfish and vain. Finally, Maria & his kids and the world know this.