Shriver vows to 'rebuild' after Arnie's love-child bombshell
A "heartbroken" Maria Shriver has broken her silence after revelations husband Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a love child to a household staff member 10 years ago.
I love my family till death do us apart
She appeared at the taping of Oprah Winfrey's final talk show. She said Winfrey had "given me love, support, wisdom and most of all the truth".
Arnold Schwarzenegger leaves his office on Tuesday. Photo: Nick Ut/AP
Shriver said she knew she wasn't "alone in receiving those gifts".
And two of the couple's four children have taken to cyberspace to express their feelings about their parents' shattered relationship after 25 years of marriage.
The former California first couple's split went public yesterday after Schwarzenegger admitted he fathered a child to an unnamed employee and hid the secret for 10 years. The mother of the child worked for the family for 20 years until she retired in January.
Split ... Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. Photo: AFP
Shriver moved out of the family's California mansion earlier this year.
Shriver, 55, an award-winning journalist, author and TV presenter, and Schwarzenegger have four children, Katherine, 21, Christina, 19, Patrick, 17, and Christopher, 13.
US news sites reported Shriver had released a statement that she was attempting to "rebuild" her life.
Maria Shriver appears with Oprah Winfrey during the farewell show. Photo: AP
"This is a painful and heartbreaking time," she said. "As a mother, my concern is for the children. I ask for compassion, respect and privacy as my children and I try to rebuild our lives and heal. I will have no further comment."
Son Patrick tweeted: "I love my family till death do us apart." He also quoted lyrics to a song by hip-hop group Fort Minor that read "some days you want to quit and just be normal for a bit".
His sister, Katherine also tweeted: "This is definitely not easy but I appreciate your love and support as i begin to heal and move forward in life. I will always love my family!"
Schwarzenegger - the former Governor of California – yesterday said he took "full responsibility" for the anguish he had caused his children and wife.
He said: "I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused.
"I am truly sorry."
Shriver, a member of the Kennedy political dynasty, gave a pivotal speech defending her husband against allegations that he groped a woman when he ran for governor of California in 2003, as Schwarzenegger harbored the love-child secret.