Mother of Schwarzenegger's Love Child Speaks Out for First Time
(LOS ANGELES) -- Mildred Baena, the housekeeper with whom Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a child, spoke out for the first time Tuesday to Hello! magazine, saying she cried together with the former governor's wife after revealing the news.
She was joined for the interview by her son Joseph, who she said began to increasingly resemble his governor/actor father as he grew older.
What's perhaps most surprising about Baena's tell-all interview is the high regard in which she holds Schwarzenegger's wife and former first lady of California, Maria Shriver.
She told Hello! that Shriver had an inkling of her husband's secret as she heard talk of Joseph's physical similarity to his father around the house. When Shriver asked Baena about her son's paternity, she admitted that the governor was indeed the father. Shriver then hugged Baena and cried with her, telling her to "get off [her] knees."
While Shriver has separated from Schwarzenegger and moved out of their Brentwood home, Baena also expressed hope for their reconciliation. She acknowledged that the former governor "is suffering." She added, "He loves Maria. I hope in time they work things out."
When his grandmother sat him down one year ago to explain that Arnold Schwarzenegger was his father, he exclaimed: "Cool!", Hello! reported. His mother said the young boy is looking forward to building a relationship with his father.
Schwarzenegger fathered a son with Baena about 14 years ago. Birth records show Schwarzenegger's son Christopher and his newly revealed child were born less than a week apart. Known as Patty, Baena reportedly worked in the famliy home as a housekeeper and assistant for more than 20 years, until January.