Arnold Schwarzenegger was confronted by Maria Shriver about his infidelity one day after he was no longer governor of California.
If anyone knows the value of political timing, it's a Kennedy.
In his soon-to-be released tell-all book, Schwarzenegger revisited the infidelity and scandal that ruined his 25-year marriage to Shriver -- describing the day she confronted him about his love child while in couples counseling, reports the New York Daily News.
In "Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story," the actor wrote that Shriver waited until Jan. 4, 2011 -- one day after he ended his position as California governor -- to confront him about her long-held suspicions that he was unfaithful.
"The minute we sat down, the therapist turned to me and said, 'Maria wanted to come here today and to ask about a child -- whether you fathered a child with your housekeeper Mildred,' " the 65-year-old actor wrote.
It might have had something to do with the kid pronouncing "California" "Cal-EE-foh-nya."
Schwarzenegger wrote he believed he and Shriver had begun counseling as a way to deal with their transition from public to private life, but when faced with the allegation, he decided to come clean about his decades-old affair with his housekeeper Mildred Baena and the son he secretly fathered 15 years ago.
"I told the therapist, 'It's true,'" he wrote, and said he then started begging Shriver for
In the book, which hits stores on Oct. 1, Schwarzenegger also revealed that he had sex with Baena in 1996 in the family guest house while Shriver and their children were away on vacation and he was in town filming "Batman and Robin."
What an awful, stupid mistake that was. I mean, have you seen "Batman and Robin"? It's almost unwatchable.
He wrote that for years he tried to convince himself Baena's husband was the boy Joseph's father, but as the boy grew up the resemblance between the two was too hard to ignore.
"I realized there was little doubt that he was my son," he wrote.
The "Terminator" actor also wrote that he believes he and Shriver will one day get back together: This is where you make a "I'll be back" joke.
"You can call this denial," he wrote, "but it's the way my mind works."