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."
Click through the slideshow below for scenes from the couple's 25 year marriage, then weigh in: should Shriver forgive him?
In an April 25, 1986 file photo Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger poses with his bride Maria Shriver following their wedding ceremony in Hyannis, Mass. (AP Photo/file)
"Batman And Robin" Premiere
Batman and Robin actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, arrives with his wife, Maria Shriver, at Mann's Village and Bruin Theater for the world premier of Batman and Robin 12 June in Los Angeles. (HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images/June 12, 1997)
70th Annual Academy Awards
Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger (L) and his wife reporter Maria Shriver (R) arrive for the 70th Annual Academy Awards 23 March in Los Angeles, CA. (HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images/March 24, 1998)
Arnold Schwarzenegger's Mom's Funeral
Austrian born actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, right, accompanied by his wife Maria Shriver, left, follow the coffin of his mother Aurelia Schwarzenegger, Wednesday August 5 1998 in his hometown Weiz in southern Austria. Aurelia died Sunday August 2, of a heart attack. (AP Photo/Helge O. Sommer/August 5, 1998)
Memorial Mass For John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver leave a reception at the Sacred Heart Convent School following a memorial Mass for John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy in New York Friday, July 23, 1999. (AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett/July 23, 1999)
Premiere of "The 6th Day"
Austrian-born US actor Arnold Schwarzenegger arrives at the premiere of his new film 'The 6th Day' with his wife Maria Shriver in Los Angeles, 13 November 2000. (LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP/Getty Images/November 13, 2000)
60th Golden Globes
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver at the 60th Golden Globes at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Ca. Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.
"Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" Premiere
Arnold Schwarzenegger, right, and his wife Maria Shriver, pose for photographers at the world premiere of "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" in the Westwood section of Los Angeles, Monday, June 30, 2003. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Applying To Run For Governor
Clerk Tanya Ramirez laughs as Arnold Schwarzenegger files his papers to run for governor of California as his wife Maria Shriver looks on at the Los Angeles County Hall of Records office in Norwalk, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Opening of Schwarzenegger for Governor volunteer headquarters
Arnold Schwarzenegger kisses his wife Maria Shriver after he officially opened the Schwarzenegger for Governor volunteer headquarters at its opening night party in Santa Monica Sept. 5, 2003. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Appearing On "The Oprah Winfrey Show"
In this handout photo, actor and California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver appear live on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show's' season premiere September 15, 2003 in Chicago, Illinois. It is their first interview together as a couple since he announced his bid for governor of California. (Photo by George Burns/Harpo Productions via Getty Images/September 13, 2003)
On the Campaign Trail
Republican gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger kisses his wife Maria Shriver during a rally at P-R Farms October 4, 2003 in Clovis, California. Schwarzenegger continues on his four-day bus tour through California that began in San Diego and ends in Sacramento. There are six buses in the tour, all named after Schwarzenegger films. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/October 4, 2003)
Celebrating Gubernatorial Victory
Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger is joined by wife Maria Shriver as he celebrates his victory in the California gubernatorial recall election in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Arnold Schwarzenegger kisses his wife Maria Shriver after he took the oath of office as California's 38th governor on the steps of the Capitol in Sacramento, Monday, Nov. 17, 2003. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger looks over at his wife Maria Shriver as he speaks during his election night party in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005. The fifth statewide special election in state history pits the Republican actor-turned-governor against two of California's dominant political forces, labor unions and the Democrats who control both houses of the Legislature. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Watching Election Returns
Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, third from left, is joined from left by daughter Catherine, 16, mother-in-law Eunice Shriver, wife Maria Shriver, son Patrick, 13, daughter Christina, 15, and son Christopher, 9, as they watch election returns Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Schwarzenegger defeated Democrat Phil Angelides to claim a second term, capping a yearlong comeback. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson,pool)
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger kisses his wife Maria Shriver after being re-elected in the midterm elections during a celebration at the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel, November 7, 2006. Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger won a spectacular election sequel November 7, giving Republicans something to cheer about on a night of Democratic dominance in key non-congressional battles. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, left, takes his oath of office as his wife Maria Shriver looks on in Sacramento, Calif, Friday, Jan. 5, 2007. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver looks on at the Governor's Inaugural Ball at the Sacramento Convention Center January 5, 2007 in Sacramento California. Schwarzenegger was sworn-in today for a second term as governor. (Photo by Brian Baer-Pool/Getty Images)
Maria Shriver's Women's Conference
Maria Shriver and Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger walk during Maria Shriver's Women's Conference at the Long Beach Convention Center on October 24, 2010 in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
R. Sargent Shriver's Funeral
Maria Shriver, right, and her husband, actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, stand amid family members and other mourners as they leave the funeral Mass for her father, R. Sargent Shriver, at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic church in Potomac, Md., just outside Washington, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011. Shriver, the man responsible for launching the Peace Corps after marrying into the Kennedy family, died last Tuesday at age 95 after suffering from Alzheimer's disease for years. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Shriver Talks "Transitions"
On March 28, Shriver wrote on her Facebook page that she was going through a transition. "As you know, transitions are not easy. I'd love to get your advice on how you've handled transitions in your own life," she said in a video posted on YouTube.
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