Arnold Schwarzenegger told Fox News' Sean Hannity Monday that he believes he and estranged wife Maria Shriver are likely to reconcile one day, despite his affair with the couple's household staffer which produced a love child and sparked the pair's separation in July 2011. "I'm the forever optimist. So I do see that Maria and I get together eventually," said Schwarzenegger.
The comment comes during a week of heavy promotion for Schwarzenegger's new memoir, "Total Recall," which came out Monday and includes details about multiple affairs he kept secret from Shriver.
Schwarzenegger told Hannity he was "embarrassed" and "ashamed" about his affair with household staffer Mildred Baena: "I created a huge screw-up. I had this child, and it destroyed my family. It was a situation where I couldn't even blame anybody else but myself, because my wife was a fantastic wife... my kids were fantastic. The thing that I cherished the most, you know, I destroyed by some stupid things that I've done. So now for me it's important to kind of rebuild again, get the trust back with the kids and with my wife and hopefully get back together again. Bring the family back together again."
Though Shriver filed for divorce from Schwarzenegger almost two months after reports surfaced that he had fathered a child with Baena, the pair have been the subject of numerous reconciliation rumors since then, including a report in March 2012 that they were attending couple's therapy in an effort to repair their relationship. Sources told the New York Post that Shriver's Catholic faith has prevented her from going through with the divorce, adding that she was "still struggling with the humiliation she endured by him" (divorce is discouraged by the Catholic church).
Shriver, a Kennedy, is part of a long line of women who have stood by their men in spite of extra-marital indiscretions, as documented in Laurence Leamer's 1994 book, "The Kennedy Women: The Saga of an American Family."
On Sunday, Schwarzenegger told "60 Minutes" correspondent Lesley Stahl that he "apologized many times" to Shriver, adding, "She did not deserve that. That's why I felt always terrible about the whole thing."
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