Friends of Maria Shriver are getting the clear impression that she is having serious doubts about going though with her divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger. TMZ reports that Maria’s friends are hearing that Maria’s separation from Arnold has given her time to reflect on the matter as well as provide an opportunity for Arnold to be on his best behavior and display his nicest side.
Although Maria filed for divorce on July 1 and is renovating a home she purchased in Brentwood, CA, Arnold has been trying to worm his way back into her good graces by showering her with kindness and gifts.
Another issue Maria has to face, if she actually gets divorced, is that it is forbidden to her as an ardent Roman Catholic. Given that Maria is a practicing Catholic, it is understandable that divorce is anathema to her.
Although Maria said earlier that her split from Arnold had left her ‘feeling down and confused,’ she tried to soldier on, rationalizing that things could be worse and that there were other people in the world facing bigger problems. Still, she admitted that it was a shocking blow to learn that Arnold had a child with the housekeeper years ago. Mildred Patricia ‘Patty’ Baena gave birth to Arnold’s son Joseph in 1997 just a few days after Maria gave birth to his son Christopher.
Arnold may now have to hold off on authoring that tell-all autobiography and turning a profit from the publicity surrounding his cheating on Maria and fathering a child with her housekeeper. Getting Maria back would be worth much more to him.