Katherine Schwarzenegger opens up about life after parent's split
While most of the media attention on the separation of Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger has focused squarely on the former couple, their children have largely stayed quiet -- with the exception of a few Tweets -- about the end of their parent's marriage.
In a new interview with Harper's Bazaar Katherine Schwarzenegger, the oldest child of Shriver and Schwarzenegger, opened up about her life after the split.
"Me and my siblings have never really been in the spotlight growing up," the 21-year-old told the magazine. "My parents always really sheltered us, so when [the separation] started happening, it was like everything came out of nowhere overnight."
She added, "I would go out to lunch, and literally 20 people would come and scream at me. And I'm like, This is so inappropriate; you're trying to provoke me to have an attack and say something crazy.
As for the media reports about the split, Schwarzenegger said, "I see them, but I choose not to read the stories because I figure whether it's true or not, I don't need to." She added, "I just focus on my family and everyone being okay instead of following the gossip."
Schwarzenegger and wife Maria Shriver announced their separation after 25 years of marriage on May 9. On May 17, it was revealed that he had fathered a secret child more than 10 years ago. Mildred Patricia Baena, the family's former housekeeper, was identified by news outlets as the woman with whom Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a son out of wedlock some 14 years ago.
Schwarzenegger has confirmed his infidelity and said in a statement he had apologized to his family. The woman with whom he fathered a son has not commented on the matter.
On July 1, it was reported that Shriver had filed for divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger. She reportedly signed the divorce papers on June 18 and filed them at a Los Angeles court on Friday, July 1, according to court documents obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com.
Shriver cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split and is seeking joint legal and physical custody of her and the 63-year-old actor's sons Patrick, 17, and Christopher, 13. The two also have another daughter in addition to Katherine, Christina, 19.
"I've always been way closer to my mom," Katherine Schwarzenegger revealed. "Even when I was little, I was glued to her all the time. I'm close to my dad, but they're totally different kinds of relationships."
She added, "I talk to my mom about six times a day, and we constantly e-mail in between that."
Katherine Schwarzenegger also admitted that while she was in college she thought about changing her last name because of the wrong kind of attention she got from boys.
"I thought of changing it because, especially for dating, it's impossible," she told the magazine. "It's something I deal with every day, and I am hyperconscious about it. When I got to college, people -- much more guys than girls because girls don't give a crap about bodybuilding -- were coming up to me, and it would automatically jump to a conversation about my dad and weight lifting or how to do a proper bicep curl. It's like, 'Do you want to date my father, or do you want to date me? Like, I can arrange that for you."