Nearly a week after reports that Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Governor of California, and his wife Maria Shriver were calling it quits after 25 years of marriage, news broke today that Schwarzenegger fathered a child a decade ago with a long-time employee.
Although the child was born 10 years ago and the mother of the child worked for the couple for 20 years, Schwarzenegger says that Shriver only recently found out about the child, which reportedly led to their separation.
“After leaving the governor’s office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement. “I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry.”
This “bombshell” from Schwarzenegger is just another example of a powerful man having to publically admit he was unfaithful to his wife. From Bill Clinton to Jessie Jackson, Newt Gingrich to former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, powerful men (and some women) constantly get caught with their pants down. But why?
Does being powerful affect people’s ability to stay faithful?
A study published last month in Psychological Science found that “the likelihood [of infidelity] increases the more powerful someone is” because their sense of power gives them the confidence to take risks.
Chris Rock once said that men were only as faithful as their options, and it is clear that those in positions of power have a plethora of options to chose from, but why do many seem to always reach out and sample them?