Mildred Baena, the mother of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s illegitimate son, breaks the silence about the highly publicized affair.
Baena and her 13-year-old child, who is called Joseph and looks a lot like Arnold, pose for Hello! magazine.
In the interview, Baena reveales that she had confessed to Joseph that Schwarzenegger was his real father a year ago and the boy’s reaction was, “Cool!” She said he is eager now to build a normal relationship with his biological father.
Initially, Baena was unsure of the identity of the boy’s father.
“It was as Joseph grew and I started to see the resemblance that I wondered – but It became more apparent as time went on,” she said.
“I knew Arnold was the father, and maybe as Joseph got older and began to look like him, he [Arnold] wondered. But he never said anything to me.”
Baena revealed that Maria Shriver, Schwarzenegger’s wife, had some doubts after hearing “whispers” in the house about Joseph looking a lot like Arnold.
“She would say things like, “I’m here if you need to talk.” I sensed something was up. I have so much love and respect for Maria. Finally, she asked point blank.”
When Maria finally asked if Joseph was the son of her husband, the two women were overcome by emotion.
“She was so strong. She cried with me and told me to get off my knees. We held each other and I told her it wasn’t Arnie’s fault, that it takes two,” the former employee said.
Though Shriver and Schwarzenegger have each hired lawyers specializing in divorce, Baena wished they could save their marriage.
“He’s a good man and I know he’s suffering too. He loves Maria. I hope with time they work things out.”