Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had Maria Shriver’s face removed from his official portrait. On Monday, Schwarzenegger’s portrait was unveiled in the state Capitol, and his estranged wife’s image was visibly painted over.
In the original hyper-realistic painting by Austrian artist Gottfried Helnwein, the 67-year-old wore a lapel button depicting Shriver. “It was actually a cute gesture when he had it done," Clay Russell, a former Schwarzenegger aide, tells LA Times. Now, the lapel has been rubbed out with a blue smudge of paint. “It’s too bad they couldn’t remove it without creating a smudge that got a lot of attention," Russell said.
Shriver ended her 25 year marriage to Schwarzenegger in 2011, after he admitted to fathering a child with the couple’s longtime housekeeper Midred Baena. The child was reportedly 14-years-old when Schwarzenegger publicly confessed to the indiscretion in May 2011.
"After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago," Schwarzenegger said in a statement at the time. "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.