Just days after announcing a separation from her serial cheater husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, a proud Maria Shriver appeared as a special guest on Oprah's Final show taping yesterday in Chicago.
Shriver, 55, moved out of her Brentwood mansion in January after finding out about her husband's affair and love child with the household maid. According to London tabloid the Daily Mail, Shriver miserable in her marriage to the 63-year-old sperminator, but she stayed in the marriage for the sake of her children.
Shriver displayed the same lionhearted strength and courage as her mother's generation of submissive women who stood by their man and put their own needs on hold in order to further his career.
She bravely supported Schwarzenegger, even in the face of damning evidence of his rampant cheating. Little did Shriver know that her husband, whom she gave up a promising TV journalism career for, was pursuing and humping his homely maid in every room of the house that they shared with their children.
Shriver and Schwarzenegger have four children together, Katherine, 21, Christina, 19, Patrick, 17, and Christopher, 13.
Both Shriver and the maid, 50-year-old Mildred "Patti" Baena, were reportedly pregnant around the same time with their sons. Shriver was led to believe that Baena's son was the spawn of her then-husband, who later filed for divorce from Baena.
Two of Shriver's children, Katherine and Patrick, changed their Twitter.com screen names from Schwarzenegger to Shriver in support of their mother yesterday.
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"There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused," Schwarzenegger said in a statement released Monday. "I have apologised to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry."
Shriver held her head up high and laughed easily on Oprah's final taping -- an over-the-top spectacle of narcissistic proportions, featuring a performance by sideshow singer Beyoncé.
Shriver showed the same resilience and strength that got her through her 25-year marriage to a man who was publicly outed as a cheater by numerous women of ill repute.
"I wouldn't be standing here if this man weren't an A-plus human being," she said in a speech to a Republican women's group in Orange County in 2003. "I wouldn't be taking my time, I wouldn't have left my job that I love, I wouldn't be doing any of this if I didn't believe in this man."
She called him "an extraordinary man", adding: "He's honest, he's sensitive, he's sincere. And he is gracious with every bone in his body." Apparently, even that bone.