The Real Reasons for Divorce: Schwarzenegger’s New Infidelity Memoirs Shed Light on Celebrity Divorces

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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s candid confessions about infidelity and getting divorced reveal that celebrities share a lot in common with “normal” people, says faith-based website,

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A story like this sheds light on some emotions common for many divorcees, celebrity or not: bitterness, regret, sorrow, and hope for reconciliation.

Celebrities wrestle with the meaning of marriage commitments and reasons for divorce, just like the rest of us, says faith-based website,

That statement came today as the former California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, released details on his forthcoming memoir, “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story.” In the book, Schwarzenegger details the conflicts that led to his divorce from Maria Shriver in July 2011.

One day after Schwarzenegger left the governor’s office, in January of 2011, Shriver apparently confronted him in a couples’ counseling session, according to the Los Angeles Times’ report on the new book. “The minute we sat down, the therapist turned to me and said, ‘Maria wanted to come here today and to ask about a child—whether you fathered a child with your housekeeper Mildred,’” Schwarzenegger writes in the new book.

When faced with that question, Schwarzenegger immediately confessed to having fathered the child with the family’s housekeeper in 1996, according to the LA Times report from today. The revelation of Schwarzenegger’s “love child” went public in May 2011, and Shriver soon after filed to end her 25-year marriage with Schwarzenegger.

In his candid autobiography, Schwarzenegger also confesses that he hopes to one day reconcile with Shriver. “You can call this denial, but it’s the way my mind works,” he writes in “Total Recall,” according to ABC News.

But can non-celebrities learn anything from Schwarzenegger and Shriver when it comes to the reasons for divorce?

One faith-based website which provides resources on marriage and divorce says yes. According to, the celebrity couple’s confessions about the reasons for divorce show how divorce breaks families and wounds spouses—celebrity or not.

“It is easy for us to say that celebrities are out-of-touch with reality, especially when it comes to the realm of marriage and divorce. However, a story like this sheds light on some emotions common for many divorcees, celebrity or not: bitterness, regret, sorrow, and hope for reconciliation,” said Pastor Jamie of

“Regardless of one’s views on marriage, it is that hope—whether in a higher power, a greater purpose, or restoration of marriages—that sustains us through the tragedy of divorce,” he said. For more information, visit

According to ABC News, Schwarzenegger’s book will be released on October 1, 2012.

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