LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s longtime housekeeper, mistress and mother of an out-of-wedlock child publicly talked about her child’s paternity for the first time in a published interview.

Mildred Baena told the British magazine “Hello!” that she didn’t realize the actor and former governor was her son’s father until he got older and began to look like him. The magazine article includes a posed photo of Baena and her 13-year-old son, Joseph.

“It was as Joseph grew and I started to see the resemblance that I wondered — but it became more apparent as time went on,” Baena told the magazine.

“I knew Arnold was the father, and maybe as Joseph got older and began to look like him, he (Schwarzenegger) wondered. But he never said anything to me,” she said.

Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, announced their separation after 25 years of marriage in May. The couple have four children.

The former governor later admitted that he had fathered a child with the couple’s longtime housekeeper.

Baena says her son wants to build a relationship with his father. She said he reacted with one word when he learned who his father was: “Cool!”

She told the magazine she suspected Shriver had figured out what happened.

“She would say things like, ‘I’m here if you need to talk,”‘ Baena said. “I sensed something was up. I have so much love and respect for Maria. Finally, she asked point blank.”

Baena said she was surprised by Shriver’s reaction when she admitted her now-13-year-old son was fathered by Schwarzenegger.

“She was so strong,” she said. “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.”

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Comments (20)
  1. Primetime Editorials says:

    this interview makes her seem less of a homewrecker
    I now understand how tragic this was for her too
    I hope her son is not damaged by all this

    1. Saber 1 says:

      Looks just like the block head Arnold. She is ugly as a mud fence. Gloria Allred is on her way to extort money from people.

    2. Karen says:

      Why in the world would you think she is NOT a homewrecker?

      She KNEW he was MARRIED from day one.

      Women like this are just trash.

      And so are the men who fall for it.

  2. Duh! says:

    I know I will never hire Mildred to be my housekeeper since she likes to sleep around. She obviously knew Arnold was married at the time.

    1. MK says:

      Exactly! Nothing she says will make her look innocent. How many men do you have to be sleeping with to not know who the father is..?? What a pathetic liar she is.

  3. ad14jc says:

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  4. LOU says:

    What ever happened to niki diaz, the lying illegal immigrant that ruined meg whitmans run for gov. is she still here collecting SS?

    1. Karen says:

      Unfortunately, I think Gloria Allred prevented her deportation. Did you listen to the Republican candidates last night? VOTE FOR ONE OF THEM. We need real leaders who listen to the American people and DEPORT illegal aliens.

      1. Michael J. McDermott says:

        Just a quick note. I’m tired of seeing the post DEPORT THEM!

        Is it that you feel powerful deporting hungry, powerless people who speak a different language than you? I know you would not like this to happen to you, but… what if?

        The illegals come here because of what reason?
        THEY ARE HUNGRY! Right, they are literally hungry. They are NOT coming here illegally for the sake of being “sneaky”.

        There are absolutely NO WELFARE PROGRAMS in their country. If anything, the United States should put pressure on their countries of origin to at least feed their own people. No, instead the United States prefers to “bask” in the glow of this “very noble” act of deporting the very people who need the United States most, while the politicians who make these “bold decisions” await their limousines to attend some political luncheon with other A$S KISSERS.

        I’m sorry, but this policy of deporting these poor people is simply NOT good mental health.

        Deporting them is just like putting a gun to their heads and telling them, “sorry, but there just isn’t enough food or jobs here in the United States so go home and have you and your family continue to be persecuted, by drug gangs, etc.

        They deserve a chance and should be given amnesty. They should be given a green card and a payment plan to pay for their fees.

      2. Karen says:

        I don’t care if you’re tired of the phrase “deport them.”

        I’m tired of ILLEGAL ALIENS “importing themselves.”

      3. John says:

        Please don’t Deport them.What are LAPD going to use for target practice then? Huh? Huh?How about your children Mr.McDermott.
        The negros have largely learned to stay out of police’s way now.
        I”M starting a fund to buy LAPD more AMMO for shooting those brown apes.

      4. John says:

        “THEY ARE HUNGRY! Right, they are literally hungry.”

        Baena doesn’t look like she ever missed a meal in her life.

        Michael J. McDermott?????????

        You belong in MEXICO.I’m sure they would make you a honorary Stupid.

      5. Ryan says:

        Nuke mexico then we wouldn’t have to deport anyone.
        All the problems solved.

  5. ElMonte Women Handle Things Differently says:

    I grew up in ElMonte – it’s obvious Maria didn’t. The “Housekeeper” is very fortunate that Maria has class – women who were born and raised in ElMonte weren’t raised with class and would have handled things a lot differently. I am proud of Maria for the way she handled the situation – I wish I had that type of control…seriously. The “Housekeeper” is trash, her job fit her perfectly – Arnold should have been a Trash Collector – he went into the wrong field.

  6. Karen says:

    I do not believe her at all that she did not know that Arnie was the kid’s dad. No way.

    Do you all realize that this kid looks just like Maria and Arnold’s youngest kid – who is 4 days older or younger than the HOUSEKEEPER’S kid with Arnold?

    She and Arnold DESERVE each other. They are both trash.

  7. Shirley says:

    soooooooo, just when did she and Arnold discuss ‘knowing’ he was Arnold’s son?

  8. DEPORT THEM says:

    yea deport the white to europe or where ever the heck they came from

  9. Patrick McDonald says:

    Michael J. McDermott –

    As a 32-year Paramedic in Southern California, my partners & I have had a front row seat to the ugliest realities of uncontrolled immigration. We see on a daily basis the effects of what really happens, when any nation is subjected to the largest human migration on this planet, over the last 50 years.

    I empathize we those we all know are indeed “hungry.” I feel for people who – by the sheer bad luck of having been born on the other side of a line in the sand – are indigent, and very often sick. I’ve treated thousands of them.

    There is no doubt there are many decent human beings who broke the law to come here.

    But what you see here – on this web-post – is the abject exasperation of citizens who are experiencing the monstrous negative impact of a 19th Century people attempting to “make it” in a 21st Century society. It ain’t working very well. It is creating an ugly dynamic.

    It is naive to believe that a citizenry already taxed to the max, ought to feel warm and fuzzy about their hard-earned dollars & resources, being spent on a what amounts to an unprecedented flood of humans into a finite space.

    It is simply not logical to think that ALL migrants ought to be well-received into our already burgeoning cities, when a truly stunning number are hard-core criminals. In Los Angeles County, 95% of the outstanding Murder warrants are for illegal aliens. According to the U.S. DOJ, the 18th Street Gang has 20,000 members, of which 60-80% are illegal. And that’s just one, single county.

    Are you aware that 77 California Hospitals have closed their doors over the last 20 years? You might want to do some research as to WHY they closed.

    In 2003, 760,000 illegal residents were on MediCal.

    At San Joaquin Hospital in Stockton, 70% of the 200 babies born each month have parents who are not legal.

    The Paramedic call volume in cities such as San Diego and San Bernardino has tripled over the last decade. How patient will YOU be when you call 911 for an emergency in your home, only to wait 30 minutes while dispatch finds an ambulance that isn’t already too busy to respond?

    How happy are you going to be when you discover that your loved one isn’t going to the hospital you wanted, because that ER is swamped with people who shouldn’t be there at all?

    And when you finally do get to the ER, you’ll learn another cold reality: Your wife, child or older parent must wait in line, because illegal immigrant gun-shot victims are a priority.

    Our prisons are so full of non-citizens that the Governor has now been ordered to start releasing violent criminals. Think about that.

    Our schools have turned into battle-grounds. They now resemble prisons, and now they have armed cops where they were never needed before.

    Only those of small mind believe those resenting these horrible negatives to our society, are “racist.”

    That’s off-the-chart stupidity.

    What is resented is the undeniable and outrageous distortions caused by too many people, in far too short a time, that have no idea how to function, and have the audacity to “demand” their rights.

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