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Schwarzenegger says Maria Shriver hasn't read his tell-all book

September 29, 2012 |  8:52 am

Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Maria Shriver has not read his new book in which he discussed the affair with their family's housekeeper that resulted in a child and ultimately ended their marriage.

In an interview with "60 Minutes" to air Sunday, Schwarzenegger said Shriver knew about the basic details of the book.

"She knows that it's about my whole life and that I would not write a book and kind of leave out that part and make people feel like, 'Well, wait a minute. Are we just getting a book about his success stories and not talk about his failures?... I wanted to write a book about me,'" he said. Shriver declined to be interviewed by "60 Minutes."

He described the affair as "the stupidest thing" he ever did to Shriver and says that it caused her and his children a great deal of pain.

"I think it was the stupidest thing I've done in the whole relationship. It was terrible. I inflicted tremendous pain on Maria and unbelievable pain on the kids," Schwarzenegger said of the relationship that led to him having a now 14-year-old son by the housekeeper.

The Austrian-born body-builder, movie star and politician is promoting his new autobiography, "Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story."

CBS aired part of the interview Friday. Much of the attention is focused on the end of Schwarzenegger's marriage to Shriver. The marriage ended after he left the governor's office in January 2011 after seven years in office.

Schwarzenegger, 65, for the first time is trying to put his own spin on revelations about the affair he had with housekeeper Mildred Baena. Their son was born just days after Shriver gave birth to the youngest of her and Schwarzenegger's children.

Schwarzenegger went to some lengths to cover up his connection to Baena and their son. Baena, who worked for the family for more than 20 years, listed her former husband as the father on the birth certificate.

Shriver moved out of the family's Brentwood mansion in 2011 after Schwarzenegger acknowledged the paternity. The former governor,  confronted by Times reporters  with evidence of the relationship and child, issued a statement in May 2011.

"After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago," he said in the statement. "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."

Shriver learned of the child and relationship in a couples' counseling session days after Schwarzenegger left the governor's office. Shriver subsequently filed for divorce. The pair continue to be seen with their children on occasion and remain on friendly terms.

Schwarzenegger, after decades as a box-office giant, swept into office during California's 2003 recall election with pledges to return the state to fiscal responsibility, but during his term he never managed to corral the Legislature, and much of the deficit spending continued.

The "60 Minutes" interview with Leslie Stahl comes as Schwarzenegger has returned to acting with the release of "The Expendables 2."

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-- Richard Winton

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