Arnold Schwarzenegger not only cheated on his wife Maria Shriver with their housekeeper Mildred Patricia Baena, he also admitted to having affairs with other women. In fact, he cheated on Maria with his “Red Sonja” movie co-star Brigitte Nielsen.
He said that he kept a lot of things from his wife and family, which ended up causing their marriage to go downhill. When speaking with “60 Minutes”, he admits to hooking up with Brigitte during the filming of their 1985 movie and other affairs. All of that, he says, are between himself and Maria.
In his new autobiography, “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story”, he said that he didn’t have the ability to be honest with his family and friends. He revealed, “That’s the way I handle things. And it has always worked. But, I mean it does not – it’s not the best thing for people around me because I sometimes – some information I just keep to myself.”
He said, “So I became an expert in living in denial”, adding in his book that he kept the decision to run for Governor from his wife, saying he “didn’t want endless conversation about it at home.”
The biggest secret he’d kept from Maria was the fact that he’d knocked up the housekeeper. That was something that started making headlines after he left office. During a 2011 counseling session, Maria confronted him about it and he finally owned up to it. He started noticing a resemblance with the boy and then decided to start giving Mildred some extra money.
He revealed, “I kind of put it away and just said to myself, ‘Okay, I’m going to put this away. I’m going to fulfill my responsibilities.”
He went on to say, “So the thing that really meant the most to me kind of fell apart because of my doing. That is something that I will always look back and say, ‘How could you have done that?'”