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Arnold Schwarzenegger Often Introduced Ex-Wife Maria Shriver As “Just a Friend” Until His Girlfriend Grew Tired of Being Another Woman in 2003

Published 11/16/2022, 12:15 PM EST

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-born, bodybuilding megastar. Schwarzenegger is a seven-time Mr. Olympia title winner and is one of the most important athletes in bodybuilding. Schwarzenegger is famous worldwide as one of the greatest bodybuilders in history.

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However, the bodybuilder is also quite famous for his dating past, as his rumored affairs often made the headlines of media houses. One of his former flames accused Schwarzenegger of calling his ex-wife “just a friend” numerous times.


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Arnold Schwarzenegger and his relationship with his ex-wife and a hairdresser

In 1977, 29-year-old Schwarzenegger was in an open relationship with a young Hollywood hairdresser named Sue Moray. The two lived together when Schwarzenegger was in California. However, whenever he traveled for work, they dated other people.

During a discussion with Evening Standard in 2003, Moray revealed that the two used to discuss their other partners and tell each other everything. However, she accused Schwarzenegger of hiding his relationship with his now ex-wife Maria Shriver. She said, “All he ever said about Maria was that she was ‘just a friend,’ but I didn’t believe him.”


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After meeting Shriver, Schwarzenegger continued dating the Hollywood hairdresser for more than a year. Moray also disclosed that Schwarzenegger had received a venereal disease, and she “was outraged.

Thus, Moray decided to end her relationship with the famous bodybuilder. But by then, Schwarzenegger was deeply in love with Shriver. He proposed to her for marriage in 1985. A year later, in 1986, Schwarzenegger finally married the Kennedy family member.

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When Schwarzenegger entered the Hollywood industry, he achieved stardom with the blockbuster film – Conan The Barbarian. His toned physique and handsome looks made him one of the most desired actors, especially by his female fan-following.

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Soon after marriage, Schwarzenegger had four kids with Shriver – daughters Katherine and Christina, and sons Patrick and Christopher. However, Schwarzenegger also had a fifth child – Joseph Baena, from his extra-marital affair with his then-housekeeper, Mildred Baena. Shriver was aware of this affair and later accepted her husband’s sincere apologies.


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Even after their marriage, there were multiple occasions when Schwarzenegger faced accusations of cheating on his wife. But Shriver always stayed by Schwarzenegger’s side every time. However, after 25 years of marriage, Shriver applied for a divorce in 2021, and the couple parted ways.

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Soumya Bontra is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. She has been working as a sports journalist and writer for the past two years. Soumya has a Bachelor’s in Mass Media.
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