It's believed wife Maria Shriver left Arnold after learning of the love child with the staff member earlier this year.
Update: 2003 Schwarzenegger Love Child story
The Schwarzenegger love child was to a maid the Governor and movie star had employed for his household the last 20 years in his Brentwood, California mansion.
The child was born ten years ago, but it was not until recently that Arnold's secret was revealed.
Arnold Schwarzenegger May 17 statment about love child to household maid: "After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago.
"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. "
The LA Times reported Arnold Schwarzenegger was secrelty providing his former maid with financial support and had done so for the past decade.
It's not the first time news of a Schwarzenegger love child had surfaced in the media.
Back in 2003 The National Enquirer and the UK tabloid The Daily Mail claimed Arnold Schwarzenegger had a love child with a flight attendant who worked on his private jet.
The reports said Tammy Baker-Tousignant, was alleged to have told friends that Arnold Schwarzenegger had fathered her son while he was married to Maria Shriver.
When confonted in 2003 by the tabloids, Tammy Baker-Tousignant said: "I don't want to talk about this."
A source told the newspapers in 2006: "She (Tammy Baker-Tousignant) was in her mid-20s when she and Arnold first met and struck up a friendship."