Maria Shriver on Arnold Schwarzenegger's love child admission: 'This is a painful time'

arnold-maria-gi.jpgOn Tuesday May 17, former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger admitted to fathering a child with a member of his household staff. The admission came a few weeks after Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver announced they were separating after 25 years of marriage.

Schwarzenegger came clean to Shriver about the child who was born over a decade ago after leaving the Governor's office. Shriver has now issued a statement to E! News.

"This is a painful and heartbreaking time," she says. "As a mother, my concern is for the children. 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."

In a statement of his own, Schwarzenegger says, ""There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused to Maria, my children and my family. I ask that the media respect my wife and children through this extremely difficult time. While I deserve your attention and criticism, my family does not."
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