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In all those happy pictures taken over the past 10 years with his wife Maria Shriver, Arnold Schwarzenegger had a secret. AFP photo 

In all those happy pictures taken over the past 10 years with his wife Maria Shriver, Arnold Schwarzenegger had a secret. AFP photo


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Happy no more

The marriage between  Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver looked so happy that people were shocked when the couple announced their separation last week, four months after the former "Terminator" star left office as California governor in January.

No reason was given for the breakup at the time but yesterday it became clear.

The Los Angeles Times newspaper reported that the former body-builder turned movie star turned politician had admitted to his wife that he had fathered a child 10 years ago with a long-time member of their household staff.

"After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago," said Schwarzenegger, 63. "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 apologised to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry," he said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times.

Shriver, 55, who moved out of the couple's mansion earlier this year, appealed for privacy.

"This is a painful and heartbreaking time. As a mother my concern is for the children. I ask for compassion, respect and privacy as my children and I try to rebuild our lives and heal," said the 55-year-old.

The Times did not give the name of the woman or her child to protect their privacy, but said she retired in January of this year after working for the couple for 20 years.

So, in all those happy photos we have seen of the Schwarzeneggers over the past ten years, Arnold had a secret. How he kept it is going to be a topic of conversation for a long time to come.
 
Adapted from an AFP story.

shock – to surprise, or frighten someone ทำให้ตกใจ, ทำให้สั่นสะเทือน
couple – two people who are married or are involved in a romantic relationship คุ่รัก
separation – a decision that a husband and wife make to live apart while they are still legally married การแยกกันอยู่
governor – a person who is chosen to be in charge of the government of a state or province  ผู้ว่าการรัฐ, ผู้ว่าราชการจังหวัด
breakup – the ending of a relationship or an association การแยกทางกัน
admit – to agree that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it  ยอมรับ
household – a group of people, often a family, who live together  ครัวเรือน
staff – all the workers employed by a person or organisation considered as a group คณะผู้ทำงาน, คนงาน
occur – to happen เกิดขึ้น
decade – a period of ten years  ทศวรรษ
deserve – of something that you earn or are given because of your behavior or qualities สมควรได้รับ
disappointment – the feeling of being unhappy because something that you hoped for or expected did not happen or because someone or something was not as good as you expected ความผิดหวัง
excuse – a reason that you give to explain why you have done something bad, or why you have not done something that you should have done ข้อแก้ตัว, ข้ออ้าง
responsibility – deserving to be blamed for something that has happened ความรับผิดชอบ
apologise – to say you are sorry for doing something wrong or for cause a problem ขอโทษ
statement – something that you say or write that gives information or an opinion แถลงการณ์, คำแถลง
mansion – a large house, especially a beautiful one คฤหาสน์
appeal – an urgent request for people to do something or behave in a particular way ร้องขอ
privacy – the freedom to do things without other people watching you or knowing what you are doing ความเป็นส่วนตัว
concern – a worry ความกังวล
compassion – a strong feeling of sympathy and sadness for the suffering or bad luck of others and a wish to help them ความเห็นใจ, ความรู้สึกเศร้าใจไปกับความทุกข์ของผู้อื่น
respect – to accept the importance of someone's rights or customs เคารพ
heal – to put an end to something or make something easier to bear; to end or become easier to bear หาย,คืนดี
retire – to stop working because you have reached the age where you are officially too old to work เกษียณอายุ
keep a secret – to not tell a secret ไม่เปิดเผยความลับ
topic – a subject that you talk, write or learn about เรื่อง,  หัวข้อ

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