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.
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.
Mildred 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.
She 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.
Schwarzenegger 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.
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