Maria Shriver sought counseling at a convent after her split from Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2011.
The journalist spoke to Hoda Kotb on Monday about a conversation with the venerable mother of the Cloistered convent that left her “weeping”.
Shriver, 67, recalled on the “Making Space” podcast, “[She said]’You can’t come here live … but you’re allowed to go out and be Mariah.’
The former first lady of California admitted that before the conversation, she had “never allowed myself to feel, to be weak, to be vulnerable, to come to my knees.”
Instead, he said, “the world” did it to him.
Shriver remembers thinking, “‘Okay, God, let’s go,'” as she left the convent. She said she later “allowed herself to start learning”.
Shriver’s split from Schwarzenegger hit the headlines after the actor, now 75, admitted cheating on his housekeeper Mildred Patricia Bina a decade ago.
Schwarzenegger and Bina gave birth to a son named Joseph, now 25, during the affair, but the politician’s parentage flew under the radar until their son was a teenager.
After Schwarzenegger’s cheating came to light, Shriver filed for divorce in July 2011 — but it wasn’t finalized until December 2021.
In July of the following year, a jury ruled that the former “Dateline” reporter was entitled to half of the money her ex had earned during their marriage.
Shriver and the “Terminator” star welcomed four children of their own before their breakup: Katherine, 33, Christina, 31, Patrick, 29, and Christopher, 25.
Although Shriver kept quiet about his ex-spouse’s infidelity after demanding “respect and privacy,” Schwarzenegger mentioned it in his 2013 memoir, “Total Recall.”
Two years later, she told Howard Stern that the “situation” was “tough” on her children.
“It’s done, and now we have to figure it out, okay?” The former California governor, who also admitted to having an affair with Brigitte Nelson, said at the time.
As for the exes’ children, both Catherine and Patrick Tweeted about adultery In 2011.
“I’m a little speed bump [sic] Life, luckily we own hummers, we’ll cruise on it, the “Midnight Sun” star wrote at the time. ”Everything will be fine.”
Her older sister added, “It’s definitely not easy but I appreciate your love and support as I begin to recover and move forward in life. I will always love my family! “
Shriver explained on Monday’s podcast episode that he re-evaluated “every aspect” of his life after the scandal.
“[I asked myself], ‘What was my role? What could I have done better? What did I do that put me in this place?” he shared. “I did everything that was available that I could find myself.”
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