Arnold Schwarzenegger and his ex-wife united as grandparents for the big family that their daughter dreamed of

Source: Arnold Schwarzenegger. | Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. | Katherine Schwarzenegger, Lyla Maria Schwarzenegger Pratt, and Eloise Christina Schwarzenegger Pratt. | Photo: instagram.com/katherineschwarzenegger

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver were happily married for more than two decades.

  • The actor had a son with the family’s housekeeper, Mildred Baena, and didn’t find out about it until more than a decade later.

  • Arnold’s infidelity ended their marriage, but he and Shriver remain close and are incredible parents to their four children.

  • They are also the loving grandparents to two adorable babies.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and his ex-wife, journalist and author Maria Shriver, had one of the loveliest romances in Hollywood. The couple met through Tom Brokaw in 1977, at the RFK Pro-Celebrity Tennis Tournament.

Shortly after their first meeting, Shriver and Arnold began dating. They dated for a few years until the actor proposed to her in August 1985.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver at the wedding of Courtney Kennedy and Jeff Ruhe at Holy Trinity Church in Washington DC on June 14, 1980. | Photo: Getty Images

Arnold and Maria’s wedding

Then, on April 26, 1986, the former couple married in a Catholic ceremony at the Kennedy family compound in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Three years later, Shriver and Arnold had their first child, Katherine Schwarzenegger.

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The following year, the journalist let her job as co-host of the “Sunday Today” program to dedicate herself to her husband and young daughter.

Arnold Schwarzenegger with Maria Shriver outside St. Francis Xavier Church after their wedding on April 26, 1986, in Hyannis, Massachusetts.  |  Photo: Getty Images

Arnold Schwarzenegger with Maria Shriver outside St. Francis Xavier Church after their wedding on April 26, 1986, in Hyannis, Massachusetts. | Photo: Getty Images

In July 1991 was born Shriver and Arnold’s second daughter, Christina Schwarzenegger. The husband and wife were happy to become parents to two girls, and Katherine was excited to be a big sister.

the journalist he claimed at the time:

“Katherine is delighted with her new baby sister. We feel very privileged to have another daughter. We are very happy”.

In September 1993, two years after Christina joined the brood, Shriver and Arnold had another son, Patrick. Then, in September 1997, the couple expanded their family even further with the birth of their fourth child, Christopher.

For the next two years, Shriver and Arnold lived happily with their children. But sadly, their union would eventually collapse.

The separation of the actor and the journalist

After 25 years of wedded bliss, the former California governor and his ex-wife shocked the world when announced their separation on May 9, 2011.

According to a joint statement issued by the two, they both made the decision after careful thought, discussion, and prayer.

Following the shocking revelation, reports revealed that the “Terminator” star was to blame for the collapse of his marriage.

Arnold had cheated on his wife with the family housekeeper, Mildred Baena, and had a son, Joseph Baena, with her. The actor did not find out that he had had a child as a result of his affair until more than a decade after it happened.

Maria Shriver, her son Patrick and Arnold Schwarzenegger at Ted Kennedy's funeral at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston on August 29, 2009. |  Photo: Getty Images

Maria Shriver, her son Patrick and Arnold Schwarzenegger at Ted Kennedy’s funeral at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston on August 29, 2009. | Photo: Getty Images

Following the discovery, Arnold opened up to Maria about his infidelity, which ultimately led to their breakup. Knowing how much damage he had caused, the actor was devastated and took responsibility for his actions.

“There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the damage I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am so sorry”, said Arnold back then.

The Hollywood icon also pointed out that having an affair with the housekeeper was the least intelligent and most ignorant thing he had ever done in their marriage.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver and their family.  |  Photo: Getty Images

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver and their family. | Photo: Getty Images

From agreement with him: “It was terrible. I inflicted tremendous pain on Maria and incredible pain on the children.”

After his confession and plea, Arnold expected forgiveness from his ex-wife and their children. At the same time, he took responsibility for Joseph: he gave him fatherly love and financial support.

Arnold and Shriver as parents after separating

The actor and Maria finalized their divorce in December 2021, a decade after announcing their separation. But before their marriage officially ended, and despite what happened between them, the ex-partner maintained a close relationship, especially with the children.

At birthday celebrations, Arnold, Shriver and their four children spent most of the time together. For example, when Katherine celebrated her 27th birthday in 2016, the ex-partner was there to spend the special day with her daughter.

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Taking to Instagram, the actor’s daughter shared a photo of herself, her parents, her sister, and her brother, Patrick, posing with a beautiful cake.

Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation after visiting the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz Birkenau.  |  Photo: Getty Images

Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation after visiting the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz Birkenau. | Photo: Getty Images

“Today I turn 27! Thank you to my amazing family and fabulous friends for making this birthday one to remember! Christopher, we miss you 😰 27 will be my best year yet”, wrote in the caption of the post.

On Arnold’s birthday in 2020, his son Patrick shared a beautiful photo with all the family members, posing in front of a birthday cake and other desserts.

About two months before that post, Christopher graduated from the University of Michigan and invited his entire family to celebrate with him.

An image shared on Katherine’s Instagram page showed the family of six with big smiles alongside Christopher holding a graduation celebration cake.

Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger during the world premiere of "Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines" at Mann Bruin in Los Angeles, California, United States.  |  Photo: Getty Images

Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger during the world premiere of “Terminator 3 – Rise of the Machines” at Mann Bruin in Los Angeles, California, United States. | Photo: Getty Images

On September 19, 2022, Patrick turned 29 years old, and to mark the occasion, he shared a series of photos of his day.

In one of them, the ex-partner can be seen posing happily with their son, who held a plate with a small cake and “happy birthday” written next to it.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver during the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight title fight between Larry Holmes and Evander Holyfield on June 19, 1992 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.  |  Photo: Getty Images

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver during the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight title fight between Larry Holmes and Evander Holyfield on June 19, 1992 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. | Photo: Getty Images

Arnold and Shriver’s granddaughters

In addition to being available to their offspring, Arnold and Shriver are present grandparents, a role they hold dear. They became grandparents in 2020, when Katherine and her husband, Chris Pratt, they had to his daughter Lyla.

When Katherine was still pregnant, the actor was excited for the arrival of his granddaughter, looking forward to playing and making fun memories with her. After the actor’s daughter and her baby were released from the hospital, Arnold and Shriver were viewed visiting her new granddaughter.

Four months later, Katherine opened up about her parents’ role as grandparents and how amazing they were at it.

“They love being grandparents. It’s a cool new role that they can experience. Also, for me, as their daughter, to see them in this new role is a very beautiful thing.” said the young

Also, Katherine confessed that she felt blessed and excited to see her sister and brothers become uncles.

In May 2022, Katherine and Pratt announced the arrival of their second baby, Eloise, who made Arnold and Maria grandparents for the second time.

According to a source, the girl’s parents felt blessed and excited to welcome their second daughter, as they had always expected Lyla to become a big sister.

Five months later, Katherine hinted that she might have more children, since she came from a large family. However, she pointed out that everything was in God’s hands.

Christina Schwarzenegger, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver and Katherine Schwarzenegger at the premiere of "The Long Road Home" of National Geographic at Royce Hall on October 30, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  |  Photo: Getty Images

Christina Schwarzenegger, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver and Katherine Schwarzenegger at the premiere of National Geographic’s “The Long Road Home” at Royce Hall on October 30, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

“Whatever God has in his plan for us is what we will do”, said she.

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Meanwhile, Katherine gets parenting advice from her mother. She says that she feels lucky to have a role model in Maria and looks forward to learning from her, especially about how the journalist balances her work with family.



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