09:15 17 May 2011
Former California governor and movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger has admitted to fathering a child with a member of his household staff.
The 'event' is said to have happened 10 years ago, but 63-year-old Schwarzenegger only told his wife recently - leading to the couple's split.
In a statement, released to the LA Times, the Terminator star said:
"After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago.
"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.
"I have apologised to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry."
It is believed that the member of staff in question had worked for the family for over 20 years and retired in January of this year.
The news of the couple's split, which broke earlier this month, came as a shock to many.
Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver had been married for 25 years and have four children together.
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