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Brigitte Nielsen says she had a fling with Schwarzenegger: 'We didn’t hold back'

June 6, 2011 |  1:27 pm

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Brigitte Nielson in Red Sonja

Brigitte Nielsen, the Danish actress and former Playboy model, is claiming that in 1985 while Arnold Schwarzenegger was dating Maria Shriver, the two actors had an intimate affair.

Nielson, who is promoting her autobiography "You Only Get One Life," told the Daily Mail last week that the romance between her and Schwarzenegger on the set of "Red Sonja" was passionate but that both parties knew the fling would only last as long as the shoot.

"Since we both knew that it wouldn’t last beyond the movie, we didn’t hold back," Nielsen said of the dalliances. "We wanted to try everything and so we did. There were no restrictions, no promises, nothing, and it was a great time in my life."

One year later, Schwarzenegger would marry Shriver, but according to Nielsen the future governor never talked about his feelings for the woman who would become the mother of his four children.

"He never spoke about her -- and the way he was living his life with me, I felt I was the only one," Nielsen told the Mail. "Then I realized about him and Maria and, wow, I felt cheated. Maybe I wouldn’t have got into it if he said, 'I’m going to marry Maria and this is dead serious,' but he didn’t, and our affair carried on."

Nielsen, who most recently appeared on several VH-1 reality shows ("The Surreal Life," "Strange Love," "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew"), said that even back in the 1980s Schwarzenegger had his eye on the prize -- the political prize, that is.

"He told me at the beginning of shooting 'Red Sonja,' 'One day, I will become governor of California,' " Nielson recalled. "And we were all laughing, but I had a feeling he would do it one day."


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Photo: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Brigitte Nielsen in "Red Sonja." Credit: Warner Bros.