Mildred Patricia Baena, 50, has been identified as the mother of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s love child, RadarOnline.com reported Tuesday night.
Baena, who goes by Patty, was a housekeeper for the Schwarzenegger family for 20 years before retiring in January.
According to TMZ, the former housekeeper--who lives several hours outside of Los Angeles with Schwarzenegger’s son and her three other children--began to "pursue Arnold" in the late 1990s. She reportedly told friends that she and Schwarzenegger had unprotected sex during the day at his house, though she didn't tell him that he was the father of her child until the boy was a toddler.
Schwarzenegger announced Monday night that he had fathered a child with a household staffer over a decade ago, before he was elected as California governor.
"After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago," he said in a statement issued to the Los Angeles Times. "I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family."
When questioned by the paper Monday before Schwarzenegger issued his statement, the former household staffer--now revealed to be Baena--said another man was the child's father. She declined to comment after the Los Angeles Times notified her of Schwarzenegger's statement.
Shriver, who--with Schwarzenegger--announced the couple's separation after 25 years of marriage on May 9, issued a statement Tuesday responding to the revelation.
"This is a painful and heartbreaking time," Shriver said. "As a mother, my concern is for the children. I ask for compassion, respect and privacy as my children and I try to rebuild our lives and heal. I will have no further comment."
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