Arnold Schwarzenegger confirms 'hot affair' with Brigitte Nielsen
Arnold Schwarzenegger admits that not only did he cheat on Maria Shriver with the family's housekeeper while the two were married, but he also cheated when they were dating and living together — and this time the other woman was none other than Brigitte Nielsen! In his new memoir, Total Recall, which hits shelves Monday, the action star and former California governor confirms that he and the actress had a "hot affair," according to the Associated Press. Schwarzenegger reportedly describes the relationship as a "fling," and says it helped him realize that he wanted to marry Shriver.
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Nielsen, who revealed the romance in her 2011 memoir You Only Get One Life, met Schwarzenegger when the two starred in the 1985 movie "Red Sonja." At the time, Nielsen claims, she was unaware that Schwarzenegger was taken. "How serious it was with [Shriver], I don't know," Nielsen told the U.K.'s Daily Mail last year. "He never spoke about her — and the way he was living his life with me, I felt I was the only one. Then I realized about him and Maria and, wow, I felt cheated."
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Nielsen describes the affair with Schwarzenegger in her book as "outrageous" and based on an "energy" between them. "We both knew that when the film was finished, so were we," Nielsen writes. "Time was limited so we didn't hold back - we really made the most of it. The set lights would barely be off before we disappeared to do our thing. We wanted time to ourselves and we wanted to try everything. And when we were alone, that's exactly what we did." Now 49, the actress is best known for her marriage to another action star, and her "Rocky IV" co-star, Sylvester Stallone, from 1985 to 1987, and for unexpectedly coupling up with Flavor Flav when the two both appeared on the VH1 reality show "The Surreal Life" in 2004.
Schwarzenegger, who married Shriver in 1986, also had an interesting love life. He famously revealed in May 2011 that he fathered a child born to his former housekeeper, Mildred Baena, in 1997. (The actor also has four children with Shriver: Katherine, 22, Christina, 21, Patrick, 19, and Christopher, 15.) He and Shriver are separated, although he says in his memoir that he hopes to reconcile. Expect more revelations to come out soon, as Schwarzenegger's interview with "60 Minutes" is set to air Sunday.
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