Date
25 September 2017
Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger stands beside his official portrait, where the image of his estranged wife Maria Shriver has been scrubbed out. Photos: AP, hollywood.com
Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger stands beside his official portrait, where the image of his estranged wife Maria Shriver has been scrubbed out. Photos: AP, hollywood.com

Official cover-up: Shriver painted out of Terminator portrait

The divorce between former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his estranged wife Maria Shriver has yet to be finalized, but the action-star-turned-politician-turned-aging-action-star has terminated any lingering hope that reconciliation was still possible.

When Schwarzenegger belatedly unveiled his official portrait at the state Capitol on Monday, many people who had previously seen the six-foot painting noticed something was missing.

The portrait has a very conspicuous blotch, and those in the know said it was a hasty cover-up job to erase Shriver’s face on the canvas.

The original work by famous Austrian artist Gottfried Helnwein, which Schwarzenegger sat for in 2003, showed an image of Shriver’s face on the actor’s lapel pin, an employee at the Capitol told the New York Post. But when it was shown to the public on Monday, that detail was gone.

“Whoever touched it up did not do a very good job,” tour guide Richard Granis told the newspaper. “It was softball sized, right there on his left lapel.”

Schwarzenegger and Shriver split in 2011 after news surfaced that he had an extramarital affair and fathered a child with a household employee more than a decade earlier. They had been married for 25 years.

Schwarzenegger’s office declined to comment on the portrait cover-up, but everyone knows it’s his Terminator way of saying: “Hasta la vista, baby.”

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