I suppose there in some truth to that saying "Once a cheater, always a cheater." At least, if you're Arnold Schwarzenegger. Arnold has been making the media rounds to promote his new book and the salacious details just keep on a comin'. First, he dished about his affair with his housekeeper, Mildred Baena, calling it the "stupidest thing" he'd done during his marriage. Er, what about keeping news of his other child from Maria for over a decade while his mistress worked in the house with him and Maria hung out with her and her husband's secret kid? Now that's stupid. Actually, it's not so much stupid as pathological.
Now we get to yet another time that Arnold stepped out on Maria. He and Maria were dating and living together when he had what he calls a "hot affair" with Brigitte Nielsen, his costar in Red Sonja. What a shocker snoozer.
This particular bit of news isn't really a surprise because Brigitte wrote about it last year in her autobiography. Kind of makes you wonder if Arnold would have fessed up to it otherwise. If Brigitte and Mildred are the only women Arnold admits to cheating with in his book, then you can be pretty sure there are others that are going unmentioned. Let's face it, Arnold has had this rep for ages. There was that whole Gropegate thing. Nor do I think you just happen to have an affair while you're living with a woman, and then happen to have an affair during your marriage, but you're a saint otherwise. Makes you wonder if Maria only found out about this one once Brigitte's book came out.
But some "good" came out of his affair with Brigitte. Arnold says that he knew the affair "wouldn't last" and that it's what made him want to marry Maria. Aw, that's so romantic. You gotta love it when schtupping another woman makes a guy want to commit.
Arnold's 60 Minutes interview with Leslie Stahl will air tonight. In it, Leslie asks him if he lied to Maria. At first, he kind of balks, takes a deep breath, and looks annoyed, as if he's about to say "No." Then he says, "You could say that."
I suspect his initial answer was going to be that he didn't exactly "lie" because she'd never asked him about Mildred. Until the day she did. Because in the mind of a liar, unless you TELL a lie, you're not lying. They don't count lies of omission. That telltale movement said a lot about Arnold.
Are you going to watch Arnold's interview or buy his book?
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