There is a lot of buzz lately about Maria Shriver’s husband Arnold Schwarzenegger having an affair and a child with another woman ten years ago. Apparently, the woman was still working with their family up until Maria found out.
Maria has four kids, and I believe most of them are in their teens or early 20s. I am sure all of the kids have interacted with their ten-year-old half-sibling and the child’s mom, who apparently worked with the family for twenty years. And while Arnold said that the affair happened a decade ago, that doesn’t mean the affair didn’t continue.
I know this situation must have been tough for Maria. She not only has to deal with the betrayal of her husband, she has to deal with the betrayal of someone she trusted in their home and with her own kids for twenty years. Cheating literally rips families apart.
Maria has always been a big advocate for women’s empowerment. I hope all of the ladies whose husbands have cheated on them look at the strong, confident Maria Shriver (who kept her last name after marrying), and instead of wondering “Why did this happen to me?” realize, “This can happen to anyone; I am not alone.”
Sometimes I wonder if it’s good when so many people know a celebrity’s business like everyone knows Maria’s now. While being in the public eye like she is adds a lot of pressure, I feel that Maria has several allies who are powerful women who will support her through her personal recovery. Most women don’t have that type of support because we typically don’t share that our husband cheated with others; consequently, the support and encouragement we get is very limited.
In addition, celebrities like Maria have an opportunity to empower millions by discussing their experience of catching their husbands having an affair. I really have a good feeling that Maria will use her experience to help and inspire other women in her situation.