Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver are officially divorced, reports claim.
The Hollywood actor, 74, and his former spouses’ union legally ending has been rumbling on for a decade after Maria, who is descended from the Kennedy dynasty, filed for divorce from Arnie on July 1 2011.
Maria, 66, decided to leave the Terminator star after 25 years of marriage following the revelation he fathered a child with the family’s maid.
And now, TMZ report that Maria and Arnold – who share four children – have severed ties for good after a private judge signed off on the end of the union, earlier this month.
The divorce agreement needed to be entered into the court system by a sitting judge, which didn’t happen until Tuesday, the site report.
The outlet claim that a lack of motivation and complications related to property settlement agreements held up the divorce.
It is believed the couple didn’t have a prenuptial agreement, and that their estate was worth a massive $400 million at the time papers were filed, so it’s assumed the lengthy court procedure was caused by discussions about how to split that wealth.
Maria found out that Arnold had a secret love child in 2011 after he ended his eight-year-stint as governor of California.
When the movie icon left office he told his wife Maria that he’d fathered a child with another woman, Mildred Baena, more than 10 years prior.
Mildred is believed to have worked for the couple for 20 years before retiring in January of 2011.
Arnold told of his extramarital antics by stating: “After leaving the governor’s office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago,” Arnie wrote in a statement.
“I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family”
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Arnold’s statement continued: “I have apologised to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry.”
It came to light later that Maria suspected that Arnie had had a child out of wedlock.
She confronted her partner in therapy, where Arnie confessed that Joseph was his son.
“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,'” Arnold wrote in his book Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story.
Joseph Baena, who was born in 1997, enjoys bodybuilding like his famous dad.
In recent years Arnold and Joseph have bonded in the gym and are often seen in public together.