Report: Mildred Baena Confessed Affair to Maria Shriver After Confrontation

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Even as she had an affair with Arnold Schwarzenegger and raised his love child, Mildred "Patty" Baena admired and was obsessed with Maria Shriver.

Perhaps that might help explain why the housekeeper came clean when confronted by Shriver very recently, which a new report suggests she did.

Arnold Schwarzenegger did not voluntarily tell his wife that he fathered a love child with Mildred Baena, sources say, but did admit it when asked.

That happened after Maria Shriver confronted Baena, who confessed.

Mildred Baena Picture

It's still not clear if Shriver found out before or during the course of the L.A. Times breaking the story, but that's how it supposedly went down at home.

In his only statement on the topic, Arnold said: "After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago.”

Those carefully chosen words don’t tell the story, according to Radar.

“Maria has suspected this for a long time and confronted her,” a source said. “The housekeeper admitted it. Maria then went to Arnold and he confessed.”

He didn’t volunteer the information, which had been a secret for over 14 years, and could have remained that way if Shriver hadn’t asked him.

Baena was NOT fired by Arnold, says another source, despite earlier reports, nor did she threaten to expose Schwarzenegger for any reason.

“Yes, her employment ended, but without animosity,” a source said.

“She was upset with Arnold at the time and didn’t know what to do, she thought about going public, but it was a fleeting thought. Ultimately she didn’t want to hurt Arnold. But she also didn’t want her employment to end."

“It was a difficult situation.”

Ya think??

Meanwhile, Maria Shriver has hired one of the toughest divorce lawyers around, but she STILL hasn't pulled the trigger on ending her marriage.

Sources close to Maria say that even with Laura Wasser repping her, and having been unhappy for years before this scandal, she's hesitant.

Maria hired Laura well before the news of Schwarzenegger's baby mama broke, but Maria has been conflicted over whether to file for divorce because of her Catholic faith and the fact that Arnold still insists that he wants her back.

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