Arnold Schwarzenegger shocked the world when the accomplished actor and former bodybuilder decided to contest California’s Gubernatorial election in 2003. It did not really shock the world when the rumors of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s affair were confirmed, and the emergence of an illegitimate son with his maid, Mildred Patricia Baena, was just the icing on the top.
In 2011, his 25-year-old marriage hit an iceberg and shattered, ending in divorce. Here is everything you need to know about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s affair in 5 quick facts.
Both Arnold And Patricia Were Involved In Extra-marital Affairs
As of the time of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s affair with his maid Patricia, they were both married. Arnold was still with his wife, American journalist, activist, and best-selling author Maria Shriver while Patricia was still with her spouse, Rogelio de Jesus.
No one knows for sure whether it was a one-time thing or a long-term affair but the dirty deed was definitely done sometime in 1997. A disturbing fact is that both Maria and Patricia were pregnant at the same time and gave birth a mere 5 days apart. E! News, therefore, crowed him the sperminator. In conclusion, it was cheating from both sides.
Arnold Did Not Know He Had An Illegitimate Son For 7 or 8 Years
Despite the fact that Patricia was still an active staff in Schwarzenegger’s household after she gave birth to their son, Joseph, Arnold claims he had no idea the baby was his. Obviously, he forgot that unprotected sex could lead to unexpected babies. Often, Patricia would even bring her son over to the Schwarzenegger house while she was working.
We can guess that it was on one of such occasions that Arnold realized that the boy looked like him and he began piecing things together. Schwarzenegger said in relation to his epiphany, he instantly began sending extra money to his maid without discussing his discovery. Both of them were obviously very skilled in delivering non-verbal messages, but you did not hear that from us.
Schwarzenegger’s Sexual Misconduct Had Put Him On The Spot Before
This was not the first time Schwarzenegger was called out for his infidelity. In 2003, during his gubernatorial campaign, the actor was involved in a scandal that was tagged ‘Gropegate’. Very clever! Apparently, Arnold had been known to ‘cop a feel’ once in a while. Arnold was accused of sexually assaulting several women over a period of 25 years. The fishy thing is, this story surfaced 5 days before 2003, California State gubernatorial election.
Six ladies, who apparently worked on his movies, came forward each with a different tale. Four of the women remained anonymous, but the other two were Elaine Stockton, the wife of Robby Robinson, a bodybuilder, and Anna Richardson, a British television presenter. Through all this, his wife stood by him and even defended him on the Oprah Winfrey Show, saying ‘I look at him with an open heart and I accept him with all his strengths and all his weaknesses, as he does me’. This definitely sounds like a movie storyline.
Arnold Is Not Good At Full Disclosure
We have heard the stories and heard the news, and in doing that we have realized that Arnold Schwarzenegger has a serious problem with full disclosure. His motto seems to be, ‘do not say it unless you are pushed to the wall’. According to CNN, ‘Schwarzenegger admitted that he had wanted to hide his heart surgery in 1997 from his then-pregnant wife of 11 years, Maria Shriver. He also confided that he didn’t tell Shriver about his plan in 2003 to run for governor of California until a few days before his campaign announcement, news that left her tearful and shaken’.
Closer to the topic of his infidelity, after the news was made public, his wife had to confront him and probe deeper in order to get the identity of his lover. She also constantly asked him if Joseph was his son before he finally admitted it during a marriage counseling meeting a few months before their marriage ended.
Arnold Still Maintains A Good Relationship With All Members Of His Family
Despite the painful split with his wife, Schwarzenegger is bent on maintaining a good relationship with his wife and kids; Christopher, 18, Patrick, 22, Christina, 25, and Katherine, 26, and his son Joseph now 18. He told The Mirror, ‘It is fantastic, including my fifth child with Mildred. He’s terrific and he totally understands the situation. So, it all has worked out. I’m very happy I have a great relationship with my family because that was not always the case.
In light of all that has happened, we can say that the star has made the best out of a very sticky situation and we give him a thumbs up.