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
Maria Shriver Calls News of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Love Child 'Painful' but Asks for Privacy
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)

(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.)

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