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May 17th, 2011
11:30 AM ET

Can public figures have private lives?

(CNN) - Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a child more than 10 years ago outside of his marriage to Maria Shriver, a source close to the former California governor confirmed to CNN on Tuesday. The revelation, published first by the Los Angeles Times, came about a week after Schwarzenegger and his wife of 25 years announced that they were "amicably separating." Schwarzenegger fathered the child with a household staffer, the Times article said. He has provided support for the child since birth, the source told CNN. CNN's American Morning speaks with Jeff Gardere, clinical psychologist. about a public figure's private life versus as it relates to their public image.

Filed under: Controversy
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  1. danny

    It does seem strange that someone of modest means can get elected to a national political office that pays less than $150,000.00 per year and within just a couple of term end up a multi-millionaire if not billioniare. I have also wondered where this unaccounted wealth comes from, and why no taxes end up being paid onn that wealth.

    May 25, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  2. danny

    Since politicians are paid by taxpayers for life then no they should not be able to have a private life. It is their choice to put themselves out in the public and if they can not stand up to the scrunity then they have no reason to run for piblic office.
    If politicians were held to higher standards perhaps we would not be having the problems in this country that we are now experiencing, if they commit a crime then they should lose their pensions and go to jail because that nothing should be worse than a person elected to political office betraying their loyal followers by commiting a crime.
    Until we start to hold politicians responsible for their acts how can we expect condictions to improve for the common man in this country.

    May 25, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  3. antoine georges

    I do not think it is up to the media to juge any citizen by their private life. We have bigger problems to resolve instead of spending money inquiring about people's behavior.

    May 18, 2011 at 8:26 am |
  4. Kay

    I wish this wasn't THE biggest story! I happen to like this family a great deal, yuh even Arnold still! How's about we leave them alone so that they can deal with this!?

    May 18, 2011 at 7:03 am |