Arnold Schwarzenegger: How I Told Maria Shriver About My Affair

"I thought my heart had stopped," the former governor said in the Netflix documentary.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger: How I Told Maria Shriver About My Affair.

During a marriage counseling session in 2011, Arnold Schwarzenegger revealed the truth about his and Mildred Baena’s affair to Maria Shriver.

In the 75-year-old actor’s “Arnold” documentary, which was released on Wednesday, he remembers their counselor asking a “very specific” question at the request of his then-wife.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger: How I Told Maria Shriver About My Affair
Arnold Schwarzenegger: How I Told Maria Shriver About My Affair

“She wants to know if you’re the father of Joseph,” the counselor inquired, referring to the housekeeper’s son, born in 1997.

“I thought my heart had stopped,” the former governor said in the Netflix documentary.

When Schwarzenegger replied, “Yes, Maria. Joseph is my son,” the journalist, 67, “was crushed by that.”

The “Terminator” actor went on to say that during his 1996 affair, he originally doubted that he was Joseph’s father because Mildred was still married to Rogelio Baena at the time.

Arnold Schwarzenegger: How I Told Maria Shriver About My Affair
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver’s Children

“In the beginning, I didn’t know,” admitted Schwarzenegger, who also shares Katherine, 33, Christina, 31, Patrick, 29, and Christopher, 25, with Shriver. But as he grew older, it became evident to me.

“It was then just a matter of, ‘How do you keep this quiet?'” he said.

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After more than two decades of marriage, Schwarzenegger and Shriver called it quits when he revealed the paternity scandal in 2011.

“The divorce was very, very difficult in the beginning,” the ex-governor said. “You eventually move on. She and I are extremely close friends, and we are quite proud of how we raised our children.”

Schwarzenegger quipped that he and Shriver, who divorced in 2021, should get an Oscar for doing “everything together” and leaving their four children with the “least amount of impact” after the divorce.

In February, Shriver said she re-evaluated “every aspect” of her life when the adultery was revealed.

“‘What was my role?’ I wondered. What could I do better? “What had I done to put myself in that position?” she asked on the podcast “Making Space.” “I did everything available to me that I could find.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger: How I Told Maria Shriver About My Affair
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mildred Baena’s Son

Katherine, Christina, Patrick, and Christopher are not in a relationship with Joseph. The 25-year-old, on the other hand, has a close relationship with their father.

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