Maria Shriver: It's 'Painful and Heartbreaking'

But she won't say much more on Arnold's love child

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted May 17, 2011 12:27 PM CDT

(Newser) – Maria Shriver isn't going to turn the news of Arnold Schwarzenegger's love child with a staffer into a public battle. Her succinct statement today, from People: "This is a painful and heartbreaking time," she says. "As a mother, my concern is for the children. I ask for compassion, respect, and privacy as my children and I try to rebuild our lives and heal. I will have no further comment." The couple, who announced their split last week, have four children ranging in age from 14 to 21. (And the mother of Schwarzenegger's love child has been revealed.)

This photo taken Oct. 7, 2003, shows Arnold Schwarzenegger and wife Maria Shriver as they  celebrate his victory in California.
This photo taken Oct. 7, 2003, shows Arnold Schwarzenegger and wife Maria Shriver as they celebrate his victory in California.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
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