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Arnold Schwarzenegger admits 'hot affair' with Brigitte Nielsen

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Brigitte Nielsen in
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Brigitte Nielsen in "Red Sonja"

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is acknowledging that he had a "hot affair" with model/actress Brigitte Nielsen at a time he and his soon-to-be wife Maria Shriver were dating and living together, the Associated Press reports.

In the wake of his blockbuster 1982 hit "Conan the Barbarian", the Austrian bodybuilder and actor co-starred with the statuesque Nielsen in the 1985 film "Red Sonja." The Danish model was 21 at the time.

Last year Nielsen revealed in her memoir, "You Only Get One Life", that she and Schwarzenegger had an "outrageous affair" while making the action film.

"We both knew that when the film was finished, so were we. Time was limited so we didn't hold back - we really made the most of it," Nielson wrote. "The set lights would barely be off before we disappeared to do our thing. We wanted time to ourselves and we wanted to try everything. And when we were alone, that's exactly what we did."

Nielson said she was not aware of Schwarzenegger's relationship with Shriver until much later.

In his forthcoming memoir "Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story," hitting bookstore shelves Monday, Schwarzenegger admits that he and Nielsen did indeed have a "hot affair," but he knew it wouldn't last. In fact, their "fling" only made him realize that he wanted to marry Shriver.

Nielsen would soon marry Schwarzenegger's fellow action star, Sylvester Stallone.

Earlier this week, according to excerpts of the book obtained Friday by the AP, the former governor said that GOP political guru Karl Rove predicted the 2003 California recall election that put the muscleman in office would never happen.

Rove even introduced the Republican and one-time “Mr. Universe” to then-national security adviser Condoleezza Rice as his pick to run for California governor in 2006.

Schwarzenegger felt snubbed by the man former President Bush nicknamed "Turd Blossom". In "Total Recall" the 65-year-old writes "how could Rove have been so wrong?”

Clearly willing to open up to any questions in his colorful life, Schwarzeneggar also acknowledged the affair he had that ended his marriage with Shriver.

In an interview with “60 Minutes” scheduled to air Sunday, Schwarzenegger said the affair he had with Mildred Baena, his family’s longtime housekeeper, was “the stupidest thing” he ever did to then-wife Shriver.

“I think it was the stupidest thing I’ve done in the whole relationship. It was terrible. I inflicted tremendous pain on Maria and unbelievable pain on the kids,” Schwarzenegger said of the affair that led to a son who is now 14.

Baena reportedly worked for the family for 20 years. Their son, Joseph, was born just days after Schwarzenegger’s youngest child with Shriver.