Mother Of Schwarzenegger's Child Revealed
Posted by Amy Oppenheim on May 19, 2011 - 9:32:19 AM
BRENTWOOD—The name of the staff member with whom Arnold
Schwarzenegger fathered a child more than 10 years ago has been released, after
the former governor admitted the affair to his wife on May 16.
Mildred "Patty" Baena, from her Myspace page
Schwarzenegger, who recently announced his separation from wife Maria Shriver on May 9,
told the public in a statement that he had fathered a child over a decade ago
with a household staff member who worked and lived with the family for 20
years. Allegedly, Schwarzenegger did not know the child was his son until the
boy was a toddler.
Patricia Baena, 50, known as “Patty,” has been revealed as the mother of
Schwarzenegger’s 13-year-old son. Baena gave birth five days after Christopher,
Schwarzenegger’s son with Shriver, was born. Christopher was born on
September 27, 1997, and Schwarzenegger’s son with Baena was born on October 2.
worked as an assistant and housekeeper for the family; when she
retired, she reportedly left the Schwarzenegger home voluntarily and on good
terms, in addition to receiving a severance payment. She was married when she
first became pregnant, and allegedly claimed her husband was the baby’s father.
During the time Baena lived in the Schwarzenegger’s home with the
boy, the former governor allegedly kept the matter a secret through monthly
payments to Baena, which reportedly went unnoticed to the household because of
the large spending budget allotted to him.
Baena allegedly threatened to reveal the secret after
Schwarzenegger left office, which apparently prompted his public admission to
having a son out of wedlock. The former housekeeper currently lives in
Bakersfield with the boy and her three other children.
The former governor first told his wife about his illegitimate
child in January, after leaving office as governor. Schwarzenegger has
apologized to the public, issuing a statement to the Los Angeles Times.
“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,” said Schwarzenegger. “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.”
Additionally, Shriver tweeted on May 13, “Thank you for all the
kindness, support and compassion. I am humbled by the love. Thank you.” She did
not make an official statement until May 17, when she said to the Los Angeles
Times: “This is a painful and heartbreaking time. As a mother my concern is for
the children. I ask for compassion, respect and privacy as my children and I
try to rebuild our lives and heal. I will have no further comment.”
When Schwarzenegger became governor of California in 2003, Shriver
reportedly left her job as a correspondent for NBC in order to remove herself
from political bias and maintain her journalistic integrity. When
Schwarzenegger left office in January, he announced that he would return to
making films, but Shriver has not made public any future career plans.
and Shriver announced their separation last week after 25 years of marriage.
They have three other children: 21-year-old Katherine, 19-year-old Christina
and 17-year-old Patrick.