Arnold Schwarzenegger Multiple Affairs, Arnold Schwarzenegger said he dealt with his multiple affairs, like other big moments in his life, by denying them — even, and at times especially from his wife. “That’s the way I handled things, and it always has worked,” the action hero-turned-politician said in an interview Sunday night on CBS’ “60 Minutes.” “But it’s not the best thing for people around me.”
For instance, Schwarzenegger admitted that he had wanted to hide his heart surgery in 1997 from his then-pregnant wife of 11 years, Maria Shriver. He also confided that he didn’t tell Shriver about his plan in 2003 to run for governor of California until a few days before his campaign announcement, news that left her tearful and shaken.
Moreover, the actor and former world-class bodybuilder admitted to cheating on Shriver, who publicly defended him against allegations of sexually inappropriate conduct with women during his gubernatorial campaign. While he did not specify how many affairs he’d had before Shriver filed for divorce in July 2011, Schwarzenegger admits two women he was involved with include “Red Sonja” co-star Brigitte Nielsen (while he and Shriver were dating, according to Schwarzenegger) and his family’s longtime housekeeper, Mildred Patricia Baena.
Nine months after Schwarzenegger and Baena had their affair, she gave birth to a son — less than a week after he and Shriver’s fourth child, Christopher, was born.
Baena remained the family’s housekeeper for years, with her son sometimes around the house as well. But Schwarzenegger said in the “60 Minutes” interview that he didn’t have any suspicions he was the father until the boy was 7 or 8 years old and he began to notice “that he started looking like me.”
“It was never discussed, but I put things together,” said Schwarzenegger, whose autobiography “Total Recall” hits bookshelves Monday.
After that realization, he said he began sending Baena extra money for her and her son, without talking about his being the boy’s father.
Schwarzenegger also denied to Shriver that he’d had an affair and that Baena’s child was his son — until Shriver confronted him during a marriage counseling session a few months before their break-up.
“She said, ‘Am I off on this or am I not?’ And I said, ‘You are absolutely correct.’”