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He Said, Not She Said

Category : Books, Celebrity

When a divorce occurs both sides have their own stories about the turn of events.  And both spouses are entitled to have their own stories.  However, when you start sharing those stories with friends, family and the public things can get sticky for everyone.

Arnold Schwarzenneger’s new book “Total Recall” is filled with lots of stories (656 pages) from his career, marriage and break-up that the media is finding pretty juicy right now.  I had heard that Maria Schriver didn’t want him to come out with the book.  Hey, Aronld, if you want to get back with your ex and make things work, it’s probably not a good idea to come out with a tell-all book.  This brings up a bigger question…when a couple is in the media should they speak about their ex-spouse when a divorce occurs? I feel like they shouldn’t. At the end of the day, if you’re an actor you should focus on your acting. If you’re a singer, you should focus on your singing. You shouldn’t have to speak about a divorce to keep yourself in the media.
if you’re not a famous person, I still think you should keep the details of your divorce to yourself.  If you have children, (like Arnold does) it’s even more important to keep things private In Arnold and Maria’s case it’s “He said, Not She said.” Maria is taking the high road and I commend her for it.

Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez did a recent article about the release of the book.  He wrote, “In his new book, “Total Recall,” former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger explains why he didn’t want to talk to the media when it was discovered that he had fathered a child with the family housekeeper. “I wanted to protect my family’s privacy,” Schwarzenegger writes, “which remains a priority of mine today.” That being the case, a question comes to mind. If Schwarzenegger wants to protect his family’s privacy, what was he doing on “60 Minutes” Sunday night, talking about that affair and admitting to a number of others? The simplest answer, I suppose, is that he was promoting the book. But that raises another question: If Schwarzenegger cares about his wife and their four kids — or his former mistress and the child she had with him — why write the book at all?

Good question, Steve. I am wondering the same thing and I suppose so is everybody else.  So much for being a good politician Arnold.

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