Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Schwarzenegger/Shriver saga: How much is too much?

I've been writing about the breakup of one of the most famous couples in both Hollywood and politics: "Terminator" star and Republican former-governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger and journalist, feminist, and Democractic Kennedy clan-member Maria Shriver.

Last week, I took a look at their marriage and asked Shine readers whether Shriver gave up too much in order to support her husband's political career:

"My experience with politics was one of loss," Shriver told Oprah Winfrey in an interview in 2008. "I'd learned early on that political life was about constant travel and being surrounded by 50 people in the house, and either you lose or you get assassinated. So I wanted nothing to do with that." ... (Read More)
Today, my post is about Schwarzenegger's admission that he had an affair and fathered a child with a member of his household staff—and then kept his mistress on the payroll, and in his house, for 10 more years.

"After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago," Schwarzenegger said in his 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. I ask that the media respect my wife and children through this extremely difficult time. While I deserve your attention and criticism, my family does not. "... (Read More)

I should probably start posting weekly round-ups of my work on Shine, just to offset the radio silence here at WriteEditRepeat! In the meantime, you can stay on top of the latest posts by visiting me in the Manage Your Life section at Shine.

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