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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Arnold reveals he had child with staffer

Arnold reveals he had child with staffer

LOS ANGELES — Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has acknowledged that he fathered a child with a member of his household staff, a revelation that apparently prompted wife Maria Shriver to leave the couple’s home before they announced their separation last week.

Shriver separately issued a statement saying it was a “heartbreaking time,” and one of their children, Patrick, expressed sadness and a yearning for normalcy in a Twitter message.

Schwarzenegger and Shriver jointly announced May 9 that they were splitting up after 25 years of marriage. Yet, Shriver moved out of the family’s Brentwood mansion earlier in the year after Schwarzenegger acknowledged the child is his, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

‘‘After leaving the governor’s office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago,’’ Schwarzenegger told the Times on Monday in a statement that was later sent to The Associated Press. ‘‘I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry.

‘‘I ask that the media respect my wife and children through this extremely difficult time,’’ the statement concluded. ‘‘While I deserve your attention and criticism, my family does not.’’

Hours later, Shriver also released a statement: “This is a painful and heartbreaking time. As a mother, my concern is for the children. I ask for compassion, respect and privacy as my children and I try to rebuild our lives and heal. I will have no further comment.’’

Edelstein says she won’t be back in ‘House’

LOS ANGELES — Lisa Edelstein is checking out of Fox TV’s ‘‘House.’’

In a statement Tuesday, the actress said she is leaving the medical series after seven years as Dr. Lisa Cuddy.

The decision followed much consideration and brings mixed feelings, Edelstein said: She’s disappointed at leaving a character she loved playing but is excited about the opportunities in acting and producing that are ahead.