Mistress Mildred Baena on Maria Shriver: “She Cried With Me”

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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s former mistress is finally speaking out about how she told Maria Shriver the news that he fathered her son. Mildred Baena, 50, tells Hello! magazine—which just hit newsstands in the U.K.—what prompted the conversation between her and Maria. 

"Last summer, I brought Joseph (her son) over to the house,” said Baena. "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. Maria would ask if I needed to talk to her, and I kept saying no. Finally, she asked point blank. 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," Baena admits.

Shriver’s immediate reaction wasn’t one of anger, "She cried with me and told me to get off my knees," Baena said.

"Since I was retiring soon, I said I would pack and leave right away," says Baena, "but she said to stay until after the holidays."

Although Baena says she and Shriver spoke, she explains that she never told Schwarzenegger that Joseph was his. “I know he’s suffering too,” says Baena. “He loves Maria. I hope with time they work things out.”

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