Arnold Schwarzenegger, the iconic action star turned politician, has been in a rock-solid relationship for ten years. His girlfriend, Heather Milligan, is not just any ordinary partner; she's a physical therapist who entered his life when he suffered a shoulder injury. The story of their enduring romance is filled with fascinating details and quirky moments. Let's delve into the remarkable bond between Schwarzenegger and Milligan.
A Decade of Love
Despite the ever-changing world of celebrity relationships, Schwarzenegger and Milligan have stood the test of time. In a recent interview conducted in September, Schwarzenegger shared their enduring love story, emphasizing their shared interests. "We have so many things in common," he told PEOPLE. "I think the world of her. I love that she's into working. She's independent. She just is driven as hell."
This decade-long love affair between the bodybuilding legend and the accomplished physical therapist is a testament to their strong connection and shared values.
The Donkey Connection
One of the more endearing aspects of Schwarzenegger and Milligan's relationship is their shared love for animals. Lulu, Schwarzenegger's adorable pet donkey, owes her place in his home to Milligan's influence. Schwarzenegger, known for his pet pony Whisky, initially didn't think Lulu needed a companion.
However, Milligan had a different perspective. Schwarzenegger recounted when he returned home to a surprise: "One day I came home, and there was this miniature donkey. Together, with Whiskey! They were hanging out together, loving each other, and she [Milligan] says, 'I knew it! She needed a companion. Look at them, they're getting along!'"
Their shared passion for animals has added another layer of charm to their relationship, as they enjoy the company of their furry friends.
A Shared Athletic Spirit
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Heather Milligan share a deep emotional connection and a commitment to physical fitness. Schwarzenegger, an iconic bodybuilder and action movie star, has always valued the principles that he and Milligan hold dear. One of these principles is maintaining a strong and healthy physique.
Before her career as a physical therapist, Heather Milligan was a competitive gymnast for an impressive two decades. Her background in gymnastics undoubtedly contributes to her deep understanding of the human body and its mechanics. This shared passion for physical fitness has likely played a significant role in their bond.
The Beginnings of Their Love Story
The story of how Arnold Schwarzenegger and Heather Milligan first crossed paths is a blend of fate and shared interests. In 2012, Schwarzenegger was set to star in "Escape Plan," an action-packed film alongside Sylvester Stallone. Before filming, Schwarzenegger realized the need to prepare himself physically for the role.
He recalled, "I said, 'I got to go do this movie, and I bring a lot of punches, and I have fights with Sly, and I want to have my act together.'" It was then that his path led him to Heather Milligan. Schwarzenegger explained, "And so he says, 'There's only one (person), it's Heather — any athlete, I always send them to her because she's the only one that knows what they're talking about.' So I went to her, and then after my therapy was finished, after I was finished with the movie, I called her back and took her out for lunch to say thank you. And then one thing led to the next."
Their romantic journey began in this whirlwind of destiny, leading to a decade of love and shared experiences.