As Arnold Schwarzenegger flits from "60 Minutes" to "The Daily Show" to "Piers Morgan" and other TV shows to hawk his new memoir, ex-wife Maria Shriver has been getting her hair done and staying mum on the demise of her marriage.
The "Terminator" actor launched his campaign to clean up his sullied image by telling Leslie Stahl Sunday night, "I think it (fathering a child with another woman) was the stupidest thing I've done in the whole relationship. It was terrible. I inflicted tremendous pain on Maria and unbelievable pain on the kids."
Yet during the same interview he admitted to having an affair with actress Brigitte Nielsen in 1985 while he and Shriver were romantically involved and even living together -- further humiliating his ex-wife. The father of five also told the CBS reporter that his wife knew about many of his affairs during their marriage.
Shriver's cool response to the cascade of Arnold's mea culpas was to treat herself to a good hair day at a Beverly Hills beauty salon. Though she did not comment on her ex-husband's outpouring of truthiness, some of her surrogates spoke for her.
One of Maria's chums allegedly told TMZ that her friend was not aware of Arnold's rampant cheating during their marriage and would not have defended him on multiple groping charging during his run for California governor if she knew about his affairs.
Another ally implied Shriver was less naïve, suggesting her buddy may have suspected her then-husband was unfaithful but did not have concrete confirmation until he confessed to having a child with the family's maid.
Many people believe the former politician's motives for writing his just-published book, "Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story," is to come clean about his past and position himself for more noble pursuits in the future as did another famous adulterer, Bill Clinton. Like the former president, the native of Austria started his own think tank called the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy that will focus on "bi-partisan solutions to local and global issues," such as health, education and the environment.
Whether the muscle man is able to morph from sinner to saint through good works remains to be seen, but the woman who has both a hybrid rose and hospital nursery named after her has moved on with her own mission to be an "architect of change." Throughout her personal ordeal, the steely niece of the former President John F. Kennedy has persisted in inspiring others to effect positive change in the world around them, while proudly keeping her signature long, wavy mane shiny and healthy.
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