(AP, ABC7) ABC News is reporting that the woman Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a son with outside of marriage is Mildred Patricia Baena.
Revelations about the affair led to the unraveling of Schwarzenegger’s marriage to Maria Shriver.
Schwarzenegger and Baena, known as Patty, had a son together 14 years ago. She worked in the family’s home as a housekeeper until January of this year.
Maria Shriver, the TV journalist and Kennedy heiress, appeared on Oprah Winfrey's show the same day it was revealed that Schwarzenegger fathered a child with a woman on his household staff more than a decade ago. Shriver did not mention her husband during the taping.
"You have given me love, support, wisdom and most of all the truth," Shriver told Winfrey. "And I know I'm not alone in receiving those gifts from you."
“I think the most shocking thing of this whole ordeal is that it was kept quiet for 10 years, that he had an out-of-wedlock child,” said PR Consultant Howard Bragman on Good Morning America. “We live in a shockingly transparent world and a handful of people had to know. Obviously Arnold knew.”
The New York Times reported Baena was working at the couple’s Brentwood mansion while she was pregnant with Schwarzenegger’s child. At the same time, Shriver was also pregnant with Schwarzenegger’s son, the Times wrote.
According to the gossip website TMZ, Baena did not tell Schwarzenegger she was pregnant, admitting only that the child was his when the little boy was a toddler.
Rumors of infidelity have plagued the actor-turned-politician Schwarzenegger for years.
“I know for a fact she has heard about the rumors about the child before. They have tried different things to patch it up and nothing has worked,” said author Ian Halperin.