Arnold Schwarzenegger - ‘My Parents Thought I Was Gay’ – Arnold Schwarzenegger on ’60 Minutes’
Arnold Schwarzenegger gay? His parents sure thought he was, and tried to ‘cure’ him, he has revealed. He made the revelation during his ’60 Minutes’ interview on CBS, where he spoke about his new book ‘Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story.’ He told viewers that his father took a rather aggressive approach to dealing with the fact that the young Arnie had posters of men all over his walls rather than women. His father apparently would run after him with a belt to beat him, though his mother took the gentler approach of taking him to the doctor.
“I don't know if mum thought I was gay, or if she just thought there was something off,” explained Arnie. “And 'let's catch it early'. She asked the doctor, 'Can you help me? I don't know if there's something wrong with my son because his wall is full of naked men,’”. During the interview, he discusses his attitude towards gay marriage and clearly shocks interviewer Leslie Stahl when he reveals that he officiated the marriage of a lesbian colleague in his office.
Obviously, if his parents had a crystal ball and could see into the future, they would have known that their son may have been fascinated with the world of male bodybuilding, but he’s still very much interested in women. In fact, at the center of his chat on 60 Minutes was the scandal of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son, the illegitimate child that he fathered with the family housekeeper and kept a secret from Maria Shriver, his wife of 25 years. He described his infidelity as “the stupidest thing I’ve done in the whole relationship” and continued “it was terrible. I inflicted tremendous pain on Maria and unbelievable pain on the kids.”