Schwarzenegger memoir includes "failures" over love child

Mon Sep 24, 2012 5:01pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Arnold Schwarzenegger says his estranged wife has not read his upcoming memoir in which he discusses the secret child he fathered with a family housekeeper.

But in a TV interview with CBS program "60 Minutes," the action star turned politician said he was determined to write a book that included what he called his "failures" as well as his successful and multi-faceted career.

Schwarzenegger's book "Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story," is to be published on October 1.

Publisher Simon & Schuster has said the former California governor began writing it before the May 2011 scandal over the son he fathered years earlier with his housekeeper while married to Maria Shriver.

The revelations led the couple to start divorce proceedings ending their 25-year marriage, and brought media ridicule for the "Terminator" star.

In an interview with "60 Minutes," to be broadcast in full on September 30, journalist Lesley Stahl asked Schwarzenegger, 65, if Shriver knew he was writing about the affair in his book.

"I think that Maria is, you know, wishing me well with everything that I do," he replied, in an excerpt shown on Monday on breakfast show "CBS This Morning."

While admitting that Shriver had not read the memoir, Schwarzenegger continued, "She knows that it's about my whole life and that I would not write a book and kind of leave out that part and make people feel like, 'Well, wait a minute. Are we just getting a book about his success stories and not talk about his failures?' And that's not the book I wanted to write. I wanted to write about the book about me. Here's my life."

According to an advance copy obtained by the New York Daily News, Schwarzenegger writes that he and housekeeper Mildred Baena had sex in 1996 in a guest house at the mansion he shared with Shriver while she and their children were away on vacation.   Continued...

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger makes opening remarks during the University of Southern California's Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy inaugural Symposium in Los Angeles, California September 24, 2012. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas