'This is a heart-breaking time': Arnold's wife Maria

Wednesday May 18, 2011

Following Tuesday's revelations of her husband's betrayal Maria Shriver gets a warm hug from her friend Oprah Winfrey.

She's known since the start of this year that Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a child with one of their household staff over a decade ago.

US media have identified the mother as Mildred Patricia Baena, known as Patty, who worked for the couple for 20 years.

Maria, a respected former journalist kept a dignified silence about the affair until it became public knowledge this week.

Even now the 55-year-old would only say: "'This is a painful and heartbreaking time".

She also asked for "compassion, respect and privacy" for her and her four children.

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