Arnold Schwarzenegger is a name that has been synonymous with success in both the bodybuilding and entertainment industries. The Austrian-born actor initially made a name for himself in the bodybuilding world, where he won the coveted Mr. Olympia title several times. His impressive physique and hard work earned him a reputation as one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time.
Schwarzenegger’s success in the bodybuilding world eventually led to his foray into the film industry, where he quickly established himself as a major Hollywood star in the 1980s and 1990s. His iconic roles in blockbuster hits such as The Terminator, Predator, Total Recall, and True Lies cemented his status as a true icon of the entertainment world.
Aside from his career, Schwarzenegger has also been known for his personal life, particularly his marriage to journalist and author Maria Shriver. The couple was married from 1985 to 2021 and has four children together.
However, before his marriage to Shriver, Schwarzenegger had a highly publicized affair with actress Brigitte Nielsen. Nielsen and Schwarzenegger met in 1984 while filming the movie Red Sonja. At the time, Nielsen was married to musician Kasper Winding and had a baby boy, Julian, with him.
Despite the fact that Nielsen was already married, she and Schwarzenegger quickly developed a close relationship while filming Red Sonja. In her autobiography, You Only Get One Life, Nielsen wrote candidly about their affair, explaining that their connection was undeniable.
“Of course, it was soon apparent that the two of us had energy between us, and at length, it channeled itself into an outrageous affair. 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. 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.”
Nielsen’s relationship with Schwarzenegger may have been brief, but it was certainly impactful. The actress has been married five times throughout her life, but her time with Schwarzenegger is one that she will never forget.
Not surprisingly I wasn’t honest with my husband Kasper about what was going on with Arnold. I already knew the marriage was over but the affair meant there was really no going back. I paid for all the fun we had with a deep sense of guilt.”
Overall, Schwarzenegger’s success in both his career and personal life has made him a household name around the world. From his humble beginnings as a bodybuilder in Austria to his status as a Hollywood icon, Schwarzenegger’s legacy is one that will undoubtedly live on for generations to come.