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In addition to admitting his affair with his household staff member, Arnold Schwarzenegger has confessed that he also cheated on Maria Shriver with actress Brigitte Nielsen in his new book.
"Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story" includes excerpts of the actor's life from his childhood in Austria to his political career in California.
Although the tryst with Nielsen occurred before Schwarzenegger and Shriver were married, the then-couple were already dating and living together during the "hot affair," as described by the former California governor, according to the Associated Press.
Nielsen already uncovered the affair with Schwarzenegger in a memoir published last year, but Schwarzenegger only now confirmed it.
Schwarzenegger and Nielsen began their affair while costars in 1985's "Red Sonja." Deemed an "outrageous affair" by Nielsen, the Danish actress claimed she was unaware of Schwarzenegger's relationship with Shriver at first.
In "Total Recall," Schwarzenegger, 65, penned that he knew the "fling" with Nielsen would not last and only helped him realize his desire to marry Shriver.
The one-time Mr. Universe wed Shriver, journalist and the niece of President John. F. Kennedy, in 1986. They share four children together.
Shriver filed for a divorce in July, months after his affair with their housekeeper Mildred Baena was revealed.
Nielsen went on to marry Schwarzenegger's friend and fellow action star Sylvester Stallone.
In an interview with "60 Minutes," Schwarzenegger admitted that his affair with his family's housekeeper "inflicted tremendous pain" on his then-wife Shriver.
"I think it was the stupidest thing I've ever done in the whole relationship," said the "Terminator" star. "It was terrible. I inflicted terrible pain on Maria and unbelievable pain on the kids."
As a result of his affair with Baena, who worked in Schwarzenegger's home, the actor fathered a son Joseph, born just days after his youngest son with Shriver.
"Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story" hits bookshelves on Oct. 1.