"We are very proud of the way we raised our kids, even though we had this drama, we did Easter together, Mother's Day together -- everything together," Schwarzenegger said.
The incident of adultery that caused Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver to divorce is being addressed honestly by the actor. Schwarzenegger couldn't help but draw comparisons between the divorced CIA agent he portrays in his new Netflix series, FUBAR, and his own life in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter. The actor called his divorce from Shriver his "failure," despite the fact that he acknowledges there were significant differences. The pair wed on April 26, 1986, in Hyannis, Massachusetts, after meeting in 1977. Together the couple shares four children, Katherine, 33, Christina, 31, Patrick, 29, and Christopher, 25, according to ET Online.
Following the conclusion of Schwarzenegger's term as governor of California, Shriver filed for divorce from The Terminator actor in July 2011, after he acknowledged fathering Joseph Baena, now 25 years old, with their longtime housekeeper, Mildred Patricia Baena. After extensive property settlement negotiations that exacerbated the legal separation and mediation by a private court, their divorce wasn't finally completed until December 2021. "We were laughing about it — it feels like it's a documentary … But in [my real-life marriage to Shriver], it was my f**k up," Schwarzenegger told the outlet. "It was my failure. Also, in the show, he's deep down still in love with his wife."
In a planned three-part docuseries that will air on Netflix next month, Schwarzenegger has discussed the breakdown of his marriage. Schwarzenegger said that he and Shriver had remained friends despite the highly publicized affair. "[The divorce] was very, very difficult in the beginning. She and I are really good friends, and very close and we are very proud of the way we raised our kids, even though we had this drama, we did Easter together, Mother's Day together, the Christmases together, all birthdays -- everything together," the former governor shared.
"If there's Oscars for how to handle divorce, Maria and I should get it for having the least amount of impact on the kids," he said. "It was very tough on my marriage, on my relationship with the kids. I have caused enough pain for my family that I will have to live with it for the rest of my life," the 75-year-old stated in the series' teaser trailer, which was made public last week.
He also spoke about the future of The Terminator franchise. "The franchise is not done. I'm done. I got the message loud and clear that the world wants to move on," the Hollywood star maintained prior to acknowledging that the most recent two Terminator films "were just not well written." In five installments of the franchise, including the 2019 release Terminator: Dark Fate, Schwarzenegger played the title character, a cyborg assassin dressed as a human.
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