Maria Shriver issued a statement Tuesday in response to her estranged husband Arnold Schwarzenegger's revelation that he fathered a child with a member of his household staff over a decade ago.
"This is a painful and heartbreaking time," Shriver said in a statement. "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. I will have no further comment."
Schwarzenegger and Shriver recently announced their separation after 25 years of marriage, but failed to give a reason for the split. The Los Angeles Times reports that Shriver moved out of the family's Brentwood home earlier this year when Schwarzenegger confessed his paternity.
Schwarzenegger revealed his indiscretion in a statement to the Los Angeles Times Monday night. The statement reads:
After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago. 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," the statement concluded. "While I deserve your attention and criticism, my family does not.