“Terminator” star Arnold Schwarzenegger had a marriage with Maria Shriver that lasted decades but came to a shocking end in 2011.
The couple’s divorce dragged on for ten years, all while the actor hoped his wife would forgive him.
While Maria opted to separate from the acclaimed actor, their son recently shared a photo that provided insight into the couple’s relationship post-divorce.
When news about his infidelity came to light, the media covered the story widely, and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s failing marriage to Maria Shriver was the talk of the town. The couple experienced all their challenging personal pain and heartbreak with the world watching.
Fans wondered if the duo would patch things up and get back together, but Maria felt much differently. For years many speculated about the couple’s relationship after their divorce, and in 2022 they finally got an answer via Instagram.
Arnold and Maria’s son Patrick Schwarzenegger celebrated his 29th birthday in September 2022, and to everyone’s surprise, both his parents were present. The former spouses were seen smiling and reunited at the family bash. Patrick’s post read:
“[Thanks] for the birthday wishes! 29! Crazy! Time flies.”
Maria also shared a video montage celebrating her child. She described him as “amazing” and shared that he made the world better. The doting mom also thanked him for being loving and caring, noting that it was an honor just “being in [his] presence.”
The former couple shared three more beautiful kids, Katherine Schwarzenegger, Christina Schwarzenegger, and Christopher Schwarzenegger. They adored their brood and were proud of them.
The kids didn’t always have an easy time dealing with news about their parent’s failed marriage. The lengthy divorce proceedings started in 2011 but were only finalized in 2021.
Despite the separation and news about the actor’s disloyalty to his wife, Arnold swallowed his pride and tried to fix their longtime marriage.
The Actor Asked for a Second Chance
The acclaimed actor made headlines when news about his infidelity came to light. He admitted that he was unfaithful and involved in an affair with his family housekeeper, Mildred Baena.
The years-long cheating resulted in a consequence that stunned Arnold’s family and friends. The children who looked up to their dad never expected their family unit would be torn apart in the way it was.
To everyone’s shock, Arnold had fathered a son, Joseph Baena, with his housekeeper. It was kept secret for many years, and when the truth surfaced, the actor was immensely remorseful. He expressed:
Arnold desperately wanted a second chance and hoped to reconcile with his wife. He believed their relationship could survive the ordeal and went down on his knees to ask for her forgiveness.
The actor was also in tears as he begged Maria to take him back. However, according to author Ian Halperin, she didn’t want any part of it.
Arnold confessed that cheating on his wife was the stupidest thing he ever did and added:
“It was terrible. I inflicted tremendous pain on Maria and unbelievable pain on the kids.”