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Katherine Schwarzenegger ignoring gossip over parents' separation

August 10, 2011 |  6:48 am

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The eldest daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver said the headlines involving her parents' separate have been difficult.

"My parents always really sheltered us, so when [the separation] started happening, it was like everything came out of nowhere overnight." Katherine Schwarzenegger said in an interview with Harpers Bazaar. "I would go out to lunch, and literally 20 people would come and scream at me. And I'm like, 'This is so inappropriate; you're trying to provoke me to have an attack and say something crazy.' "

In May, Schwarzenegger and Shriver separated after she learned he had fathered a child more than a decade ago with a longtime member of their household staff. The revelations fueled weeks of headlines.

"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 apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry," the ex-governor said at the time.

Katherine Schwarzenegger said she's tried to ignore the tabloid reports. "I just focus on my family and everyone being OK instead of following the gossip," she told the magazine.


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Photo: Former California First Lady Maria Shriver, center, arrives at the inauguration in Sacramento with her children, from left, Christina, Katherine, Patrick and Christopher in 2007. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times