Arnold Schwarzenegger announced last night that he had a baby 13 years ago with a household staff member, and that he told his wife Maria Shriver about the affair after leaving office as Governor of California. The woman, named Mildred Baena (50), worked for Arnold and his wife for 20 years, and retired with a severance package in January. At the time the woman got pregnant she was married. Arnold has taken full financial responsibility for the child, and has now publicly announced he is the child’s father. Arnold said in a statement:
"After leaving the governor’s office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago. I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry."
"I ask that the media respect my wife and children through this extremely difficult time. While I deserve your attention and criticism, my family does not."
The woman stuck to her story in an interview just before Arnold’s statement, after rumors surfaced that she may have had a child with him:
In an interview Monday before Schwarzenegger issued his statement, the former staffer said another man, her then-husband, was the child’s father.
She said she voluntarily left her position with the couple earlier this year after reaching a longstanding goal of working for them for two decades. “I wanted to achieve my 20 years, then I asked to retire,” she said, adding she received a severance payment and “left on good terms with them.”
Schwarzenegger took financial responsibility for the child from the start and continued to provide support, according to a source.
Arnold spent many decades in California as a body builder, and the ladies could not keep their hands off him. In interviews Arnold acknowledged being involved in org!es. In July of 1977 Arnold was having an open relationship with Sue Moray. In August of 1977 Arnold met and also started dating Maria Shriver. He dated both women until August of 1978 when Moray demanded Arnold stop seeing Shriver, so Arnold ended his relationship with Moray. Years later Arnold married Shriver.
Shriver knew from the start that the ladies could not resist Arnold, and that Arnold liked to indulge himself with the ladies, so she probably knew Arnold had been sleeping with other ladies during their entire marriage.
Arnold’s story mirrors that of Olympic wrestler, and founder of Benihana restaurants, Hiroaki Aoki. Hiroaki had many mistresses, and bragged that he had three different children from three different women at the same time. Hiroaki’s wife was okay with her husband having a mistress, until he got the mistress pregnant, that is when she divorced him. It seems after 4 children together, Maria has chosen to end a marriage that worked for her all because Arnold wants to give a child he fathered the same public respect that his other 4 children have. Arnold’s fifth child deserves to know and be seen with his father.
Maria was okay that everyone knew Arnold was never faithful, so what is the problem now, jealousy? Imagine how it will make Arnold’s 13 year-old fifth child feel if Maria goes on Oprah and starts bashing Arnold for having a fifth child? No child wants to feel hated or unwanted. Maria should simply keep this matter private for the fifth child’s, and her own childrens’, sake. We really don’t need to know how she feels on Oprah, we already know. Maria has already made her decision to leave Arnold, so let’s leave it to them to work out. Maria should keep in mind that no one is perfect. I’m certain Maria has made her own serious mistakes as well.