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But Are the Kids All Right?

Maria Shriver issued her own statement following her husband’s acknowledgement of fathering a child with their long-term housekeeper.

“As a mother, my concern is for the children,” she said. “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.”

But she did comment, albeit indirectly.

During the taping of Oprah’s last two shows, Maria was one of the many stars to join Oprah on stage at the star-studded send-off.

“For more than 30 years you have bestowed upon me the most amazing friendship,” Shriver said to the Queen of TV in her tribute.  “You have shown love, support, wisdom, and most of all, the truth.”

Ah, the truth.  The truth will set you free.  And, now, Maria is free to begin life anew.

Her four children with Schwarzenegger, however, will have a half-brother for the rest of their lives.

The oldest Schwarzenegger, Katherine, 21, tweeted,  “This is definitely not easy, but I appreciate your love and support as I begin to heal and move forward in life. I will always love my family!”

Her brother, Patrick, 17, tweeted, “I love my family till death do us apart,” He has since changed his last name on his Twitter account to “Shriver.”

Meanwhile, the love child, now 13, lives with his mother and her three other children outside the Los Angeles area.  One can only wonder how he’s handling the brouhaha.  The press has disclosed where they live, and they are currently  camped outside their front door.  They haven’t shown a photograph of the teenager yet, but that’s only a matter of time.

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The Story Keeps Getting Better and Better

Apparently, there’s more to the Schwarzenegger/Shriver dissolution than a case of middle age blues.  A lot more.

In a statement released to The Los Angeles Times and The Associated Press, Arnold admitted fathering a child with a member of his household staff more than ten years ago.

“There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused,” he wrote. “While I deserve your attention and criticism, my family does not.”

Arnold had told Maria of the situation in January after leaving office.  No wonder she moved out!  She had no comment for the press.

 

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You can live in the past and be miserable.  Or, you can live in the now and make it better than it ever was.

—  Maria Shriver quoting Billie Jean King

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Another (Older) Celebrity Couple Bites the Dust

Sorry, Arnold.  Apologies, Maria.  Even if you married young, wearing a wedding ring for twenty-five years makes you an old married couple.  Your kids can probably attest to that.   Add the nine years you dated before taking the plunge, and you’re getting up there.

Most people who divorce do so early in their marriage, but there has been a rise in breakups for those over fifty.

Look at Al and Tipper Gore.  Inside and outside the Beltway people thought the former Vice President and his high school sweetheart were forever, but apparently they had drifted apart.  “After a long process of careful consideration,” they revealed their split after forty years of marriage in 2010.

Senator John Edwards and his wife Elizabeth lasted over thirty years together, before he fathered a child with his mistress.  South Carolina sanctioned Governor Mark Sanford  for “subordinating his responsibilities to his pursuit of an extramarital affair,” the affair effectively ending his twenty-year marriage. Is it the pursuit of power, or is something in the water?

But the Schwarzenegger/Shriver union seemed different, and I, for one, was sorry to hear that they were separating. Surprised, too.

They had chemistry, or so it appeared on screen.  The commercials they made together touting the state as a tourist destination made me want to visit, even though I live here.

They brought a bit of glamour to the governor’s mansion, or the idea of the governor’s mansion, since the Sacramento estate where the highest elected public official in California once resided is now a museum.

But just because Arnold commuted three hours daily by private jet to work from their exclusive Brentwood residence didn’t mean everything was copacetic at home.

They were a “supercouple,” with one foot firmly planted in Hollywood and the other in politics.

They were also an odd couple.  He spoke with an accent suggesting his Austrian roots.   She was a television journalist, speaking with poise and precision.  His muscles rippled under his tailored suits.  She was model thin.  He was a Republican.  She was part of the Kennedy dynasty.

It was a wonder the relationship lasted as long as it did.

She didn’t want him to run for governor, but she publicly supported his candidacy.  Even charges by six (or is it sixteen?) women that he had inappropriately touched them didn’t dislodge her from his side.

Upon leaving the governorship, Arnold signed up to make three movies, returning to the profession that had made him a household name and a lot of money.  Maria is not sure what she will do.  Aye, there’s the rub.

The announcement of their breakup was broadcast coast to coast. Their photos popped up on the covers of both tabloids and newsweeklies .  Experts, who had probably never met either of them, put forth their opinions on morning talk shows about what went wrong.  We might never know.

Both Maria and Arnold have made it clear that their private troubles will remain private.There will be no name calling, no blame game.  Besides, maybe they’ll make up.  Or is that so yesterday?

 

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