Belfast Telegraph

Schwarzenegger's a hard dating name

Arnold Schwarzenegger's oldest daughter Katherine has admitted she had thought of changing her surname as men are only interested in her father.

The 21-year-old - who has become a best selling author after publishing Rock What You've Got, aimed at teens and talking about her own struggles with weight, self esteem and peer pressure - told Harper's Bazaar magazine it was difficult being the daughter of an action star when going on dates.

Katherine said of her name: "I thought of changing it because, especially for dating, it's impossible."

She explained: "It's something I deal with every day, and I am hyperconscious about it. When I got to college, people - much more guys than girls because girls don't give a crap about bodybuilding - were coming up to me, and it would automatically jump to a conversation about my dad and weight lifting or how to do a proper bicep curl. It's like, 'Do you want to date my father, or do you want to date me? Like, I can arrange that for you.'"

Arnie and Katherine's mother, Maria Shriver, are in the midst of a divorce, after the Terminator star confirmed in May he fathered an out-of-wedlock child with a former housekeeper.

Katherine said: "Me and my siblings have never really been in the spotlight growing up.

"My parents always really sheltered us, so when [the separation] started happening, it was like everything came out of nowhere overnight.

"I would go out to lunch, and literally 20 people would come and scream at me. And I'm like, This is so inappropriate; you're trying to provoke me to have an attack and say something crazy."

She admitted it was"definitely a difficult time" but said she tries "not to care about what other people ... think," but adds she's been consoled by Twitter messages from supporters.

She told the magazine: "I've always been way closer to my mom."


From Belfast Telegraph