Arnold Schwarzenegger - Arnold Schwarzenegger Explains Heart Surgery Secrecy

Arnold Schwarzenegger has explained his decision to keep his heart surgery secret from his wife, insisting he was living "in denial" and couldn't face discussing the procedure with his family.

The Hollywood action man, who is now separated from his partner Maria Shriver, has revealed he travelled to Mexico in 1997 to undergo open heart surgery and he planned to keep it from his wife by pretending he was on holiday.

He made the revelation in his new book, Total Recall - My Unbelievably True Life Story, and opened up about his desire for secrecy during a recent interview on U.S. news show 60 Minutes, saying, "(My doctor) said, 'Your wife is pregnant, what do you mean you are not going to tell her?'... I told him,: 'Here is the plan, I am going to have the heart surgery, you do it quietly, no one knows about it, we do it at six in the morning. Four days later I am out of here and I go to Mexico and I will tell Maria I am down here, a little busy and I am on vacation, when I come back I'll be tanned and no one will know.'"

Schwarzenegger now reveals he just didn't want to admit his health crisis news to anyone.

He tells British Tv host Graham Norton, "It was totally crazy but I live in denial a lot of the time and if I put it away I don't have to deal with it and it doesn't exist. Having to have heart surgery was such a shock and I didn't want to talk about it.

"If I had told my wife she would want to talk about it every day, her mother would want to talk about and then Uncle Teddy would want to talk about it and I didn't want to talk about it all."

However, The Terminator star eventually had to tell Shriver about the operation after his doctor warned him he would be left with a noticeable scar.

He adds, "I had a plan to have it done and then tell my wife I was on a business trip, until the surgeon said, 'I am opening up your chest, you will have a huge scar and it's impossible to hide something like that' and I said, 'Ah yes, maybe you're right.' So I told her."

The Graham Norton Show interview will air in the U.K. on Friday (19Oct12).


Contactmusic

Tags: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Advertisement

More Arnold Schwarzenegger

Uneventful Box Office Maintains Summer Momentum

Not much to report from the box office after this week – despite all its manpower, Expendables 3 just couldn’t outgun previous chart toppers Teenage...

The Expendables 3 Movie Review

Striking a tone somewhere between the po-faced original and the silly Part 2, this rampaging action nonsense is badly overcrowded and chaotic, but there's plenty...

Is 'Terminator: Genesis' Name Change Just A Minor Publicity Stunt?

As fans of Arnold Schwarzeneggerwill probably know, The Governator will reprise his iconic role in next year’s Terminator: Genesis. Well, here’s an unexpected change –...

Schwarzenegger Reveals Name Of New Terminator Movie

The upcoming fifth instalment in the Terminator series is to titled ‘Genisys’, according to the franchise’s iconic star Arnold Schwarzenegger.Arnold Schwarzenegger will be reprising his...

Advertisement

He's Back! Arnold Schwarzenegger Confirms Title Of Fifth 'Terminator' Film

Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back! The original star of the 'Terminator' film franchise revealed on Wednesday (Aug 6th) the title of the upcoming fifth instalment,...

The Expendables 3 Trailer

The cast of 'The Expendables 3' discuss the upcoming action film in a short featurette. Among them are Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford, Glen Powell, Sylvester...

Could George Clooney Be President Of The United States In 2020?

In an unexpected turn of events Hollywood actor George Clooney has decided to venture into the world of politics. 53-year-old Clooney is allegedly planning to...

George Clooney To Enter Politics - Running For Governor Of California In 2018?

George Clooney may be going into politics full time, according to numerous sources. The 53-year-old actor could be running for Governor of California and following...

Advertisement

Comments

Arnold Schwarzenegger Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Arnold Schwarzenegger

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All