A devastated Maria Shriver is speaking out about her estranged husband's bombshell admission that fathered a secret love child more than 10 years ago!
Arnold Schwarzenegger looked grim outside his office today, in the first photo taken of the embattled former governor since news broke of his shocking sex scandal.
Schwarzenegger says Shriver, his wife of 25 years, packed up and left their Brentwood mansion after he confessed to her about the baby back in January.
"After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago. I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused," Schwarzenegger said in a statement. "I have apologized to Maria, my children, and my family. I am truly sorry."
Schwarzenegger's mistress was a longtime member of the household staff. She worked for the family for 20 years and only left her job five months ago. She tells the Los Angeles Times she received severance pay and left "on good terms."
Schwarzenegger's jaw-dropping confession is even more shocking because Shriver and the mistress lived under the same roof together, even when the staffer was pregnant with Schwarzenegger's child.
LA Times reporters interviewed the mistress before Schwarzenegger's stunning confession. Incredibly, she protected him, saying "her then husband" fathered the child. And after Schwarzenegger went public, she had no comment.
Schwarzenegger's love child was born years before he ran for governor of California in 2003, making him the latest famous politician to campaign for office with such a shocking secret.
John Edwards notoriously fathered a secret daughter with Rielle Hunter while running for president.
The former governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm, has a message for cheating politicians.
She tweeted: "Guys: keep ur pants zipped, for Pete's sake."
Patrick Schwarzenegger, one of Shriver and Schwarzenegger's four children, also took to Twitter to share his thoughts. He opened up about his family drama, writing, "some days you feel like [----], some days you want to quit and just be normal for a bit, yet i love my family till death do us apart."