Arnold Schwarzenegger opened up to Howard Stern this week about his divorce with Maria Shriver and the "love child" he fathered with the family housekeeper.
On Stern’s SiriusXM radio show Wednesday
, the former governor of California called his split from his wife of more than 25 years one of his biggest setbacks.
“I had personal setbacks, but this was, without any doubt, the biggest setback and the biggest failure,” he said, according to Us Magazine
The “Terminator Genisys” star also took the blame for the Hollywood couple’s split.
"Not only failure, but you feel like, 'I'm to blame for it. It was me that screwed up.' And you can't point the finger at anyone else,” he said.
Schwarzenegger and Shriver split in 2011 after the actor announced that he had an affair with the housekeeper and fathered her child, now-17-year-old Joseph Baena.
Recalling his own 2001 divorce, Stern asked Schwarzenegger if he and his ex-wife ever tried to resolve their issues through “personal help,” or therapy, according to ABC News
"Yes, we did, Maria and I, and it was the biggest mistake I've ever made," Schwarzenegger said. "That guy was so full of s***. I have to tell you. He said more crap and more nonsense . . . It was just nonsense. Maria talked me into it. I went, and I felt instinctively maybe I shouldn't go because I know I screwed up. I don't have to go through anyone to have to explain to me anything, you know? I apologized to Maria. I apologized to the kids. Then, I tried to move forward."
Despite the difficulty of Schwarzenegger’s divorce, he assured Stern that “it all has worked out." In part for the sake of their four children, Schwarzenegger and Shriver stayed friends.
“My kids are a straight 10," he told Stern. "I am so proud of them and I'm so in love with them."
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