In an interview on CBS’s 60 minutes, Arnold Schwarzenegger has admitted his parents once mistook his bodybuilding obsession with being gay, and tried to ‘cure’ him.
The muscled movie star and former Governor of California is currently promoting his tell-all book Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story, and opened uo about his father and mother trying their best to cure him because “something was off” with their son as a teenager.
While his father took a more aggressive approach running “after me with a belt and beat(ing) me,” his mother took him to see a doctor to see if anything could be done.
Asking 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. All of Arnold’s friends have pictures of girls above their bed. And Arnold has no girls.” Mistaking her sons’ bodybuilding obsession, Schwarzenegger joked “I don’t know if mum thought I was gay, or if she just thought there was something off and ‘let’s catch it early’.”
The 65-year-old star also discussed regretting his infidelities leading to the end of 25 years of marriage to Maria Shriver, as well as his stance on gay marriage.
An unaired portion of the interview was posted on 60 Minutes’ official website where he tells Lesley Stahl: “I always said that I have nothing against people doing what they want to do. If a couple wants to get married, they should get married.
“I personally always said that marriage is between a man and a woman, but I would never enforce my will on people. I always want people to make that decision. If they want to get married, let them get married.”
During his term as Governor of California, Schwarzenegger vetoed two same-sex marriage bills in 2005 and 2007, but in 2008 he changed his tune and showed his support to overturn Proposition 8, a legislation to amend the Constitution to state that marriage is only between a man and a woman.
It’s also reported that he performed two marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples in his office. “I don’t have to be for gay marriage,” he said.
“I’m for that she (his former Chief-of-Staff Susan Kennedy) gets the kind of wedding and the kind of ceremony that I had when I got married with Maria (Shriver). It doesn’t make any difference. She should still have her ceremony.”