Pal: Maria Shriver Wants Kids "to Forgive Their Father"

Celebrity News May. 24, 2011 AT 12:39PM
Pal: Maria Shriver Wants Kids "to Forgive Their Father" Credit: FAME PICTURES

Keeping things friendly for the kids.

Despite last week's devastating revelations, Maria Shriver doesn't want to hold a grudge against her estranged husband Arnold Schwarzenegger -- and the same goes for their four children together.

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"As hurt as she may be, she will encourage them to forgive their father," a family source tells Us Weekly of Shriver, 55, who is still reeling from Schwarzenegger's bombshell confession. (Last week the ex-governor, 63, told the public what he'd told Shriver privately months ago: that he had a secret love child with a household employee, said to be former housekeeper Mildred Baena.)

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The family source adds that Shriver's "faith and her focus on family" is getting her through. And despite the understandable estrangement (Shriver moved out of their shared home several months ago and reportedly hired a divorce attorney), "both Arnold and Maria want to make sure they are being good parents above everything," the insider says.

Married for 25 years, the couple share kids Katherine, 21, Christina, 19, Patrick, 17, and Christopher, 13.

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"This family's motto is to stick together, so they will figure out a way to do that in some level."

Seconds another Shriver source: "She is moving forward and counseling her kids."

The former TV journalist appeared on Oprah Winfrey's surprise anniversary show last Tuesday, and may appear on Wednesday's live show. "She will be ok because she has so many who love her and support her," the second insider says. "She is putting one foot in front of the other."

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