It was just weeks ago that news of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s secret son first grabbed headlines, and now the boy’s mother is speaking out for the first time.
Mildred Baena, the longtime housekeeper of Arnold and his wife Maria Shriver and their family, tells Hello! that over time her son Joseph’s resemblance to the former California governor left little doubt as to his paternity.
“It was as Joseph grew and I started to see the resemblance that I wondered – but it became more apparent as time went on,” she says. “I knew Arnold was the father, and maybe as Joseph got older and began to look like him, he [Arnold] wondered. But he never said anything to me.”
Joseph, now 13, only learned that Arnold is his father a year ago. His reaction to the shocking news? “Cool!”
Mildred says that Joseph is looking forward to developing a closer relationship with his biological dad.
She also shares how Arnold’s now ex-wife Maria reacted to the secret, revealing that she became suspicious after hearing “whispers” among the household staff.
“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. Finally, she asked point blank. She was so strong. 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.”
Despite Arnold and Maria’s split, Mildred says she hopes there’s still a chance for them: “He’s a good man and I know he’s suffering too. He loves Maria. I hope with time they work things out.”