updated 05/17/2011 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 05/17/2011 AT 11:40 AM ET
Maria Shriver has broken her silence and responded to the news that her estranged husband, former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, fathered a child with a member of his household staff 10 years ago.
“This is a painful and heartbreaking time,” said Shriver, 55. “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.”
The couple have four children together, ages 13, 17, 19 and 21.
– Elizabeth Leonard