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How Did Arnold Schwarzenegger Keep a Secret Child Hidden for Over a Decade?

 Key Points:

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger had a secret child, Joseph Baena, with his family’s housekeeper, Mildred Baena, in the 1990s.
  • The child’s existence was kept hidden from the public and Schwarzenegger’s family until Joseph was 12 years old.
  • Joseph Baena has recently opened up about his relationship with his famous father and his decision not to take the Schwarzenegger surname.

In a shocking revelation that rocked the entertainment world, it was discovered that Hollywood icon Arnold Schwarzenegger had secretly fathered a child with his family’s housekeeper over a decade ago. The existence of this child remained hidden from the public and Schwarzenegger’s own family for years, raising questions about how such a secret could be kept under wraps.

Who is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Secret Child?

Arnold via Netflix
Arnold Schwarzenegger via Netflix

According to DailyMail, in 2011, the news broke that Arnold Schwarzenegger had fathered a son, Joseph Baena, with his housekeeper, Mildred Baena, back in the 1990s. At the time, Schwarzenegger was married to Maria Shriver, and they had four children together. The revelation of this secret child led to the end of Schwarzenegger’s marriage, with Shriver filing for divorce after 25 years of marriage.

Joseph Baena, now 26 years old, recently opened up about his relationship with his famous father and the reasons behind his decision not to take the Schwarzenegger surname. In an interview with Good Morning Britain, Baena explained his desire to forge his own path and pursue his career independently, without relying on his father’s name.

Baena shared that his family has always encouraged him to be self-reliant and figure things out on his own. He expressed appreciation for their support from afar, stating, “I really appreciate that, and I think it is really important growing up as a man to do things on your own and to figure it out.”

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Despite the initial shock of learning about his father’s identity at the age of 12, Baena expressed love and admiration for both his parents. He described Schwarzenegger as “an amazing man” and a “great father” who has been supportive of his various pursuits, including acting, real estate, and bodybuilding.

A Blossoming Relationship and Shared Passions

Arnold via Netflix
Arnold via Netflix

As Baena embarks on his acting career, he acknowledges the similarities he shares with his father, saying, “We happen to do and like a lot of the same things.” He recently landed a role in the upcoming action film “Gunner,” starring alongside Hollywood heavyweights Morgan Freeman and Luke Hemsworth.

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Reflecting on his father’s influence, Baena expressed admiration for Schwarzenegger’s political journey, stating, “If my country needs me in that way, then I would love to participate in that.”


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