Arnold Schwarzenegger opened up about all areas of his life in his Netflix documentary, Arnold.
The 75-year-old didn’t shy away from his affair with former housekeeper Mildred Baena, which resulted in the birth of his fifth kid, Joseph Baena.
“In 1996, I had an affair. In the beginning, I had no idea that Joseph was his son. The older he became, the clearer it seemed to me, and it was just a matter of how do you keep this quiet. “How are you going to keep this a secret?”
In a 2011 counseling session, he admitted to now-ex-wife Maria Shriver that Joseph was his son after she questioned him. “I thought my heart had stopped beating.”
Then I revealed the truth. Yes, Maria. “Joseph is my son,” he explained. Arnold and Maria divorced once the affair became public. They were married for 25 years and had four children: Katherine, Christina, Patrick, and Christopher.
Arnold began spending more time with Joseph, who appears briefly in the documentary, throughout the years. “I just saw Joseph developing into this fantastic human being and man,” Arnold explained.
“He makes me proud, and I have a lot of respect for him.” What I did was wrong, but I don’t want to make Joseph feel unwelcome in this world, because he is, and I adore him, and he has turned out to be an outstanding young man.”
The former California governor revealed that he is “reluctant to talk about it” because “every time I do, it opens up the wounds again, and I think I’ve caused enough pain for my family because of my f***up.”
As a result, everyone had to suffer. Maria had no choice but to endure. The children had to endure. Joseph’s mother. Everyone. I’ll have to live with it for the rest of my life. People will remember my triumphs, but they will also remember my failings. It’s a huge failure.”
Joseph who is now 25 years old, just like his father, has immersed himself in the world of bodybuilding and has pursued acting. He also works as a real estate agent.