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Arnold Schwarzenegger's marriage may have imploded because of his affair and illegitimate child with his housekeeper, but Schwarzenegger, 65, began his affairs began even before he officially married Maria Shriver, 56.
In his new memoir, Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story, which hits bookstores Oct. 2, the action star and former governor of California admits to a "hot affair" with Brigitte Nielsen in 1985, when they were both filming the fantasy film Red Sonja. At the time, Schwarzenegger was already dating and living with Shriver.
Nielsen, 49, wrote about their "outrageous affair" in her own autobiography, You Only Get One Life, last year, but Schwarzenegger never officially addressed those claims -- until now.
In his candid new memoir, Schwarzenegger says his "fling" with Nielsen wasn't serious and that it actually convinced him to marry Shriver, a journalist and niece of President John F. Kennedy. Meanwhile that same year, Nielsen married Schwarzenegger's friend Sylvester Stallone, with whom she starred in Rocky IV. Nielsen and Stallone, however, divorced after only 19 months.
Schwarzenegger went on to marry Shriver in a lavish Kennedy-family-meets-Hollywood nuptials the following year in 1986.
In May 2011, Schwarzenegger and Shriver separated after 25 years of marriage, when Shriver discovered Schwarzenegger's affair with his longtime housekeeper, Mildred Patricia 'Patty' Baena. Schwarzenegger and Baena have a 14-year-old son, named Joseph, whose existence Schwarzenegger concealed from Shriver until he completed his two terms as California governor in January 2011.