*Oprah Winfrey took her BFF Maria Shriver out to dinner in Chicago the night before news broke that her husband Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a child with another woman ten years ago.

Maria – who is the former first lady of California – and her daughters dined with Oprah and her boyfriend Stedman Graham and best friend Gayle King at the city’s RL restaurant.

A source told People.com: “She was there with her daughters. The reservation was in Oprah’s name.”

The next day, Shriver joined a bevy of celebrities bidding Winfrey a farewell during a four-hour taping of her “Oprah Winfrey Show.”

In a statement regarding news that her husband had fathered a love child, Maria requested that the media respect her privacy during the hard time.

In a statement she said: “This is a painful and heartbreaking time. As a mother, my concern is for the children. I ask for compassion, respect and privacy as my children and I try to rebuild our lives and heal. I will have no further comment.”