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Katherine Schwarzenegger Contemplated Changing Famous Surname

Katherine Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver
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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver's oldest daughter says she was thrust into the spotlight after news broke of father's illegitimate child.

Katherine Schwarzenegger, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver's oldest daughter, has contemplated changing her famous last name to blend in.

She told Harper's Bazaar, "I thought of changing it because, especially for dating, it's impossible. It's something I deal with every day, and I am hyperconscious about it,"

"When I got to college, people 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.' "

Worse still for the USC undergrad, was being thrust into the spotlight after her parents split and her father admitted to fathering an illegitimate child in May. Schwarzenegger says, "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.'"

Though she doesn't have issues with her dad, the 21-year-old says she and her mother are especially tight, "I've always been way closer to my mom," Katherine admits. "Even when I was little, I was glued to her all the time. I'm close to my dad, but they're totally different kinds of relationships."

Schwarzenegger's full interview appears in the September issue of Harper's Bazaar.