Los Angeles – Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who recently announced his separation from wife Maria Shriver, admitted fathering a child with a woman who worked for two decades in the family's home, The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.
Shriver moved out of their home earlier this year after she separated from her husband after learning that Schwarzenegger fathered the child more than a decade ago, before he became a candidate for governor, the Times said.
The mother of the child left her job in the Schwarzenegger household in January.
In a written statement, Schwarzenegger acknowledged that he informed his wife of the matter after leaving the California governorship in January.
"I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused," he said. "I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry."
To protect the privacy of the former employee, neither her name nor that of her son will be made public.
The Times said Tuesday that the woman, in an interview conducted before the 63-year-old Schwarzenegger revealed the matter, said that she had voluntarily left her job and left the family's home "on good terms."
She also said the child's father was her then-husband.
Schwarzenegger assumed financial responsibility for the child from the very start and continued providing support over the years, the newspaper said, citing an anonymous source.
Shriver, the 55-year-old daughter of Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy Shriver, left the family home in Brentwood months later and last week the couple announced their separation after 25 years of marriage.
Schwarzenegger and Shriver have four children ranging in age from 13 to 21.
Shriver, according to her spokesperson, has no comment to make regarding Schwarzenegger's admission.
When they announced their separation, Schwarzenegger suggested that it would be temporary.
"We both love each other very much," the former governor said last week. "We are very fortunate that we have four extraordinary children and we're taking one day at a time."
But the Times added that some of Shriver's friends gave a less optimistic assessment of the situation and emphasized that she had been unhappy for years but she had not wanted to take any definite step as long as her parents were alive and Schwarzenegger was still serving as governor.
Her father died on Jan. 18 and her mother had died 18 months before that.
Since he concluded his term as governor, Schwarzenegger has led a very active public life, meeting with dignitaries from all over the world and attending a meeting at the White House on immigration.
At the same time, he has worked to resuscitate his film career, which had made him famous long before he entered political life.