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Arnold Schwarzenegger just can't stop saying "I'll be back." In an interview with the German newspaper Bild, the 65-year-old actor said he still hopes to return to his estranged wife, Maria Shriver.
"We're not fighting a war. I still hope for reconciliation -- I still love Maria," he told the paper.
Let's all take a moment to remember that Shriver left Schwarzenegger, after 26 years of marriage, because she discovered he'd fathered a child with their housekeeper 14 years earlier. According to a member of Shriver's family, Schwarzenegger made little effort to earn back his wife's trust, refusing to attend marriage counseling.
"She truly loved him," the family member told Newsweek. "She was looking for a basis to go back, but he was incapable of giving it to her."
The former Governor of California also reportedly refused Shriver's request for a trial separation, forcing her hand in filing for divorce. Since then, he has released his memoir, which included a chapter about a "hot affair" with Brigitte Neilsen in 1985. Basically, remorse is not his strong suit -- although he has acknowledged that his "stupid" decision "inflicted tremendous pain on Maria and unbelievable pain on the kids."
It's hard to imagine Maria taking him back at this point. But if the rumors of his other affairs are true, it means she's already given him tons of second chances. She's also spent several holidays with Schwarzenegger and their four children since filing for divorce. For the sake of those kids, Shriver may yet decide that their marriage is worth saving. If so, it will once again prove that Arnold totally doesn't deserve her.