I was incredibly disappointed to read this article about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s affair and resulting child with a woman in his employment. For whatever reason, I had Arnold pegged as one of the good guys.
Hard working guy that turned brawn into a muli-million dollar career, married into the US royalty, became Governor of California, family man with devoted wife and gorgeous children, and just all around success story.
This news doesn’t negate the accomplishments he’s made in his life, but it does taint it and puts a foul taste in my mouth. The cheating does leave a taint, but it’s not the kicker for me. Why? I don’t know the circumstances of either their marriages or the affair, both parties were adults with the ability to control their actions and make a choice. A poor choice (in my opinion), but one they made and for which they bear responsibility.
The tragedy for me – and where Arnold really disappoints – is how he let his career come before his child. He has a 10 year old out there that has never been acknowledged – that was told his/her father was a different man and who missed out on knowing his siblings. That is inexcusable.
People make mistakes, but how you handle those mistakes is when a person’s true colors really show. Unfortunately, Arnold didn’t admit to this mistake or take responsibility for it early enough to show the type of character I expected of him.
Dang it, Arnold. Was it worth it?
How does this affect your feeling about Mr. Schwarzenegger?