Arnold Schwarzenegger Says His Cheating Scandal Was a “Major Failure”
A new documentary has hit Netflix, and it’s about none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger. The three-part film, titled “Arnold,” chronicles the “Terminator” star’s life as a bodybuilder, actor, and politician. “One man. Three lifetimes,” the documentary’s tagline reads. Apart from his successful career, “Arnold” also dives into Schwarzenegger’s biggest “failures” surrounding his personal life, including the infamous cheating scandal that led to the end of his marriage with journalist Maria Shriver.
In 2011, Schwarzenegger admitted to fathering a child with one of his employees. While the identity of the mystery woman wasn’t immediately made public, it was later revealed to have been Schwarzenegger and Shriver’s long-time housekeeper, Mildred Baena. In his documentary, Schwarzenegger said he initially tried to keep the affair a secret but was forced to confront his mistake after Shriver asked him about it during a counseling session. Shortly after opening up to Shriver, the pair announced their separation in May 2011.
“People will remember my successes and they will also remember my failures. This is a major failure. I had failures in the past in my career, but this is a whole different ball game, dimension of failure,” Schwarzenegger said about the affair in his film. Although he regrets hurting those around him due to his infidelity, he made it clear that he “loves” his and Baena’s son, Joseph Baena, whom he calls an “extraordinary young man.” “It was wrong what I did. But I don’t want to make Joseph feel that he is not welcomed in this world – because he is very much welcomed in this world,” Schwarzenegger said.
Ahead, learn more about Schwarzenegger and Shriver’s marriage, as well as his other romances over the years.