ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER admits he fathered a love child with a member of his household staff.

According to AP and the LA Times, this revelation may have been the FINAL indignity that drove Maria Shriver  to flee the couple’s Brentwood home before their announced separation last week

"After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago," Schwarzenegger told media.

"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.”

Maria Shriver refused to not comment publicly.

Neither The LA Times nor AP published the woman’s name nor that of her child.

The child was born before Schwarzenegger began his seven-year stint in public office.