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After he fathered a love child with the family housekeeper, you'd think that Arnold Schwarzenegger would have been crawling over broken glass to make amends with wife Maria Shriver. After all, it's pretty clear he's the one who screwed up. But a new Newsweek article claims that it was Shriver who tried to save the 26-year marriage -- while Schwarzenegger refused to even attend marriage counseling.
"If [Arnold] had character, he would have done what had to be done," a member of the Kennedy family told Newsweek. "He would have gone to therapy and truly faced what he had done. He probably would have gotten Maria back if he had done that stuff."
According to sources, Arnold went to one therapy session, then refused to attend any more. That decision may have been the final straw for Maria.
"She truly loved him," said the family member. "She was looking for a basis to go back, but he was incapable of giving it to her."
According to the article, Schwarzenegger first learned the truth about son Joseph when he was already governor of California. Worried that the revelation would jeopardize his political career, Arnold decided not to tell his wife. Maria soon began to suspect that Joseph, who looked more like her husband than his mother Mildred Baena, was Arnold's son. She confronted him about it , but he denied it every time -- until the day after he left office.
When Shriver finally heard Schwarzenegger's confession, she reportedly asked for a trial separation -- which Arnold refused. When she later asked for a divorce, Schwarzenegger reportedly told her, "I have the money, the power, and the plane, and I will have the friends." And what he told his friends was even worse.
"I think things will work out okay with Maria, but if they don’t, I’m getting me a 20-year-old honey," said Arnold, according to one of his pals.
Schwarzenegger, 65, will soon be telling his own side of the divorce in his autobiography Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story, which comes out on Oct. 1. The night before, he'll appear on 60 Minutes, where he's expected to speak about the scandal for the first time. The action star is hoping to make a big-screen comeback -- but first, he needs to make people like him again. After Newsweek's revelations, that may not be so easy.