Maria Shriver learned in the worst possible way about her husband Arnold Schwarzenegger’s secret love child. She overheard household staff whispering about the boy’s resemblance to Arnold.
Finally the gossip became too much to bear. Shriver forced herself to directly confronted their long-time housekeeper Mildred “Patti'” Baena.
For more than a decade, Baena never mentioned her son Joseph’s paternity, while she continued to work in the Schwarzenegger household and have sex with Arnold.
But Maria became suspicious after staff pointed out the similarities between Arnold and Joseph, when the 13-year-old visited.
Following a confrontation, Patti “broke down” and the truth emerged, according to Britain’s Hello magazine.
“Last summer I brought Joseph over to the house. Until then, he hadn’t been around very much. After that, people in the house started whispering about how much they looked like each other,” Baena told the magazine.
Shriver was clearly tortured by the whispering.
“Maria would ask if I needed to talk to her and I kept saying ‘no.’ Finally, she asked point blank,” she added.
“Maria asked me directly if Joseph was Arnold’s son and I just broke down. I dropped to my knees and I was crying saying that yes he was and I was so sorry.”
Maria, showing incredible class and compassion, told Baena not to retire from her job until after the holidays and comforted her.
“She was so strong. She cried with me and told me to get off my knees. We held each other and I told her it wasn’t Arnold’s fault, that it takes two,” Baena continued.
“Since I was retiring soon, I said I would pack and leave right away, but she said to stay until after the holidays.”
Now Patti hopes the couple, who are currently working on divorce proceedings, manage to reconcile and save their marriage.
“He’s a good man and I know he’s suffering too,” shed said of her former lover.
“He loves Maria. I hope with time they work things out.”
Since the scandal broke, however, at least five woman have claimed to have had affairs with Schwarzenegger since his marriage to Shriver.