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Arnold Schwarzenegger says Maria Shriver didn't want him to run for governor (VIDEO)


Schwarzenegger's new book digs up affairs and arguments.


Robyn Beck

Arnold Schwarzenegger's new tell-all book, "Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story," reveals that his now ex-wife Maria Shriver was reluctant for him to run for governor of California. 

In the book, the "governator" writes that Maria initially asked him not to enter the campaign in 2003 for their family's sake, the Associated Press reported

However, after telling her mother Eunice about the conversation, who replied that the women in their family "always support the men when they want to do something," and Maria relented. 

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The body builder turned politician also opens up about his affairs in the book, including one with his housekeeper that ended up impregnating her, and “hot affair” with actress Brigitte Nielsen, the Los Angeles Times reported

He called his affair — and his subsequent neglect of the son he fathered — "the stupidest thing I've done in the whole relationship" during an interview with "60 Minutes" about the book.  

Shriver, who filed for divorce in July, did not comment on the book. She also declined to be interviewed by "60 Minutes."

"She knows that it's about my whole life and that I would not write a book and kind of leave out that part and make people feel like, 'Well, wait a minute. Are we just getting a book about his success stories and not talk about his failures?... I wanted to write a book about me,'" Schwarzenegger said of Shriver.