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Maria Shriver tipped off troubles with Arnold Schwarzenegger

MariShriver talks about her father R. Sargent Shriver his January funeral Maryland. | Cliff Owen~Getty Images

Maria Shriver talks about her father, R. Sargent Shriver, at his January funeral in Maryland. | Cliff Owen~Getty Images

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Updated: June 19, 2011 12:37AM

The shocking revelations about Arnold Schwarzenegger fathering a child with a household staff member a decade ago has people talking about the ex-California governor’s estranged wife, Maria Shriver — and the eulogy she delivered at her father’s funeral in late January.

“It struck me at the time that everything Maria was saying was directed at Arnold,” said a longtime family friend who attended the services for R. Sargent Shriver.

While Schwarzenegger’s alleged infidelities had been rumored for years, it appears the Shriver funeral may have coincided with when Maria learned about the child born out of that affair with the staff member, who resigned earlier this year. That knowledge led Shriver to move out of the couple’s Los Angeles home and into a hotel.

In her remarks at the funeral — with her four brothers standing behind her on the altar at Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Potomac, Md. — Shriver said that beyond her father’s outstanding life in public service, his greatest accomplishment was the way he taught her brothers “how to treat a wife.” She stressed that the Peace Corps founder taught his sons that being “a strong man is about being a strong person, and nurturing, and how to be a gentleman, a gentle man.”

Appearing to shoot a serious glance at Schwarzenegger (seated in the front row at the service), Shriver also said her brothers had learned from their dad “how to revere and honor their wives, just as my father did,” in his 56-year marriage to her late mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

† As she started her talk, Shriver said that the first thing that came to her mind when thinking of her dad was his relationship with her mother: “the way he looked at her, treated her, cared for her, looked after her, adored her and respected her.”

NEW ROMANCE? Their spokesfolks insist it’s a purely professional relationship, but there is hot buzz about sparks flying between Nick Jonas and pop star and actress Delta Goodrem. The Australian singer, seen last week on “Dancing With the Stars,” is a decade older than the 18-year-old Jonas.

The duo are currently working on a joint recording project in L.A.

BABY BEAT: While a once-viable French presidential candidate is mired in an ugly criminal case of alleged rape, the current French first lady — model, singer and actress Carla Bruni — reportedly is expecting her first child with President Nicolas Sarkozy. Bruni’s father was the proud blabber to the media, though there has yet to be a confirmation from the French first couple.

While this would be couple’s first child, Bruni is the mother of a son from a previous relationship. This news breaks as ousted International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Khan sits in a New York jail, accused of sexually assaulting a maid at the Sofitel Hotel in Manhattan over the weekend.

TV TALK: Supposedly, the NBC honchos at “The Voice” have not been happy about Christina Aguilera’s young boyfriend Matthew Rutler’s seemingly constant presence on the set of the new talent reality series.

Though Rutler is well-liked, it’s thought he keeps Aguilera from totally focusing on the show — and her job as a judge.

MOVIE SHMOOZE: Seems “The Master,” a film loosely based on the life and teachings of Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, is back in play. Though Universal Pictures backed away from the project — when Jeremy Renner backed out (to take a role in noted Scientolgist Tom Cruise’s “Mission Impossible IV”) — the Weinstein Company picked it up. Paul Thomas Anderson wrote the script, and reports that Renner has been replaced by Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman will play the title role in the film, with Phoenix — who was for awhile raised in the Children of God cult community — playing Hoffman’s acolyte, who comes to see him as a fraud.

OPRAH-ING: While Oscar winner Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson often visit their son Chester, who attends Northwestern, it was clear the couple’s Monday dinner at Spiaggia had more to do with the next night’s big “Oprah”-fest at the United Center. … The folks at the Lou Conte Dance Studio at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago at Jackson and Racine have been delighted the past couple of days — watching Beyonce and her backup dancers working on their routine for the “Surprise Oprah!” shindig. ... Meanwhile, Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King and Stedman Graham dined at RL Monday night, joined by Maria Shriver and her daughters — while separately Desiree Rogers and Steve Lombardo dined nearby, recapping the events of Mayor Emanuel’s inauguration.

Bill Zwecker reports on “Good Day Chicago” and “Fox Chicago News at 9” on WFLD-Channel 32.

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