Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Son Was Dragged Out of Class by Mother to Save Terminator’s Dark Truth: “Everyone Is Finding Out About..”

Published 06/19/2022, 10:00 AM EDT
Arnold Schwarzenegger, USC Schwarzenegger Institute Chair and ex-Governor of California during the Action Hub Opening panel at the COP24 Katowice, Poland on the 3rd of December 2018. COP24 is organized by UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC). (Photo by Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The storied bodybuilder and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger had a very public split with his ex-wife Maria Shriver back in 2011. The reason? Schwarzenegger’s extramarital affair with their housekeeper, Mildred Baena, and the resultant child, Joseph Baena.

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The news of Schwarzenegger fathering a son out of wedlock set off a tabloid frenzy. We know how the story wrapped up from the athlete-turned-actor’s perspective, but what about Baena?

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Joseph Baena on when the world came to know the truth about his paternity

Mildred Patricia Baena, a Guatemalan-born woman, kept the truth about her son’s parentage for a long time. Even the father, Arnold Schwarzenegger himself, reportedly learned that Joseph Baena was his son when he turned eight and began resembling the former governor of California.

“I remember the day very vividly,” he told Men’s Health. “I was in the eighth grade. Fifth or sixth period. And I get called out of class to leave. And my mom’s there, and she’s like, ‘We gotta go—everyone is finding out about you and who your father is.’ ”

At an incredibly young age, Baena’s world turned upside down. “I’m 13,” he continued. “Your body’s transforming; your mind is transforming. And now my life transformed before my eyes.” The media swarmed their house, and Baena went into hiding with his mother at his relatives’ place in Texas.

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“She was really the only person I had, and I was really the only person that she had,” he said. “No one knew, and everyone wanted the details. We had each other’s backs.” Now that the world knew of his connection with the famed actor, life was bound to change for Baena.

The fifth child of Arnold Schwarzenegger

Joseph Baena was born in Los Angeles on October 2, 1997. He is an aspiring actor/bodybuilder/real estate player. So it’s safe to say, the 24-year-old is looking to follow in his father’s footsteps. In ten years, he sets the stage of his life like this: “I’m an award-winning actor with lots of real estate experience, and I’m on a boat in Miami, sipping a mai tai with my buddies, getting ready for the next movie.”

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But unlike his father at his age, fitness isn’t his whole life. He built a strong self-identity, growing up proud of his Latino roots, learning to cook with his mother, and celebrating his Guatemalan heritage through food, culture, and music. He works out at Gold’s Gym but pays as much attention to his friends, family, lifestyle, and having fun.

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Now, the obvious path for him to take would be of a resentful and enraged child of a famous father. But Baena grew up a level-headed, happy man with big dreams, striving to take his career one step at a time, and refusing to use his father’s name for opportunity. He has a good relationship with Schwarzenegger, with pictures of them working out together scattered across the internet.

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Mansi Jain

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Mansi Jain is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. She has a Bachelor's degree in Multimedia and Mass Communication from the University of Delhi and has also previously interned for HT Media. She is always one mention of Yuzuru Hanyu away from delivering an hour-long speech about the athlete's legacy.

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