Schwarzenegger Erases Ex-Wife From Official Portrait

He used to be wearing a Maria Shriver pin
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2014 10:51 AM CDT
Schwarzenegger Erases Ex-Wife From Official Portrait
Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger poses with sons Patrick, 20, center, and Christopher, 16, in front of his official portrait after its Capitol unveiling in Sacramento, Calif., on Sept. 8, 2014.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

When Arnold Schwarzenegger sat for his official portrait as the governor of California back in 2003, things were apparently just fine between him and his then-wife, Maria Shriver. Now, not so much—which is probably why, when the 6-foot-high oil painting was unveiled at the Sacramento statehouse Monday, all evidence of Shriver had been scrubbed from it. His ex-wife's face was originally seen on a lapel pin Schwarzenegger was wearing when he posed, Page Six reports, but it had been covered up by the unveiling.

And "whoever touched it up did not do a very good job," a Capitol tour guide says, describing a "softball-sized" glob of blue paint on Schwarzenegger's left lapel. Another Capitol staffer describes it as a "splotch" that clearly doesn't fit with the rest of the suit—judge for yourself in the slideshow. (The news comes after recent reports that Shriver had an affair with one of Arnie's campaign strategists.)

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