After weeks of media buzz surrounding Mildred Baena, the mother of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s secret love child, the 50-year-old former housekeeper finally broke her silence. In an interview with Hello! Magazine, Baena said she came clean about the affair and love child to Maria Shriver after Shriver asked her “point blank” about her relations with Arnold.
‘Maria did ask me directly if Joseph was Arnold’s son and I just broke down,’ Guatemala-born Mildred says. ‘I dropped to my knees and I was crying, saying that, yes, he was and I was so sorry.’
Baena told the mag that Shriver was “so strong,” and that they hugged one another and “cried together” after Baena came clean.
“I told her it wasn’t Arnie’s fault,” Baena continued. “It takes two.”
The Guatemalan former housekeeper posed publicly with her son, Joseph, for the first time in the magazine. Baena said she told him the truth about his father about a year ago to which he responded: “Cool!” Joseph is hoping to build a stronger relationship with Arnold now that their relationship has been made public.
Baena admitted that Shriver speculated about her son’s parentage for quite some time, as similar physical characteristics between the 13-year-old and Arnold became more apparent.
“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,” Baena said.
Schwarzenegger’s mistress also denied rumors that the pair had an extensive affair, insisting rather that they had only a few sexual encounters throughout the 20 years she worked for him. Baena also said she never told Arnold directly that Joseph was his and is unsure of how he’s reacted to the news.
“He’s a good man and I know he’s suffering too,” she said. “He loves Maria. I hope with time they work things out.”