Katherine & Patrick SchwarzeneggerWell, I hope the fling (or whatever) that Arnold Schwarzenegger had with his household employee was worth it -- because it resulted in a love child, who's now 10 years old and possibly never had a relationship with his/her father, at least a decade's worth of hush money, and the loss of the last smart woman Arnold will ever have, his wife Maria Shriver. This long list of life-altering mistakes alone leaves plenty of victims in the path of Arnold's lusty crime; however, there are four more victims too -- his kids with Maria: Katherine, 21, Christina, 19, Patrick, 17, and Christopher, 13.
Parents make mistakes. Lots of mistakes on a daily basis. Because we're human. Add adultery and lies to the pile, and you can make a lot of grief in your family. Of course, Arnold took it a step further and, as far as we've been told, hid the existence of his love child for ten years, depriving his other kids of a relationship with a half sibling that they can never get back. Living with an adulterous father and a grief-stricken mother, watching them war and split, is hard enough. But Arnold kept a sibling away from them too and lied to them and their mother for years. And for what? So he could have a political career? So he could stay married? So he could keep his shame under wraps?
In their statement announcing their separation, Arnold and Maria described their children as "the light and center of both of our lives." Hmm. I'm betting they're not feeling very "light and center" of their dad's life right now. It'd have been one thing if he had been a true adult and owned up to his mistake (not like that ever happens -- just ask Bill Clinton and John Edwards) when it happened instead of letting the lie grow and fester for a decade, only to explode into a ginormous media scandal, which his kids are now forced to right out.
Arnold and Maria's 17-year-old son Patrick Shriver tweeted earlier today:
some days you feel like shit, some days you want to quit and just be normal for a bit, yet i love my family till death do us apart. #family
Their 21-year old daughter Katherine Schwarzenegger 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!
Well, I have to hand it to these two. I mean, at least publicly, they are mature and wise about the family bond beyond their years. I guess even if Schwarzenegger made some jumbo-sized mistakes with his kids, he at least helped instill this love and loyalty to family in them. Although I'm pretty sure those are Maria's genes talking ...
Do you think Arnold Schwarzenegger should have revealed his secret sooner for the sake of his kids?
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