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"Last summer, I brought Joseph over to the house ... and people in the house started whispering about how much they looked like each other." - Mildred Patricia Baena on her love child with Arnold Schwarzenegger

Among those noticing the resemblance? Maria Shriver.

"Maria would ask if I needed to talk to her... I kept saying no. Finally, she asked point blank," Baena told Hello! regarding the moment Shriver learned that Schwarzenegger impregnated their staff member more than a decade ago.

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"Maria asked me directly if Joseph was Arnold's son, and I just broke down  crying, saying that yes he was and I was so sorry," she recalls.

Hearing the news, Maria was surprisingly compassionate and kind. "She cried with me and told me to get off my knees," she says of Shriver.

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

Schwarzenegger's reaction? Baena says she never told Arnold directly that Joseph was his, but for the 13-year-old, the reaction was simple:

"Cool!" he said.

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Maria Shriver's 25-year marriage to Arnold Schwarzenegger is heading for divorce after the action hero was revealed to have knocked up Mildred Baena.

She's doing her best to stand tall in the face of Arnold's staggering admission, and yesterday found comfort in a friend - none other than U2's Bono.

At one point, the rock star held her hand consolingly and patted her on the arm soothingly during a lunchtime get-together yesterday.

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Maria was having lunch with the world famous musician at a restaurant in Beverly Hills, Calif., and is believed to have ditched her wedding ring.

Bono (a.k.a. Paul Hewson) has been married to his wife Alison since 1982. They, too, have undergone plenty of ups and downs over the years.

The mother-of-four was keeping her head held high as she went about her daily life - perhaps preparing for her future as a single woman.

A divorce filing is expected any day now. She and Arnold have four kids - Katherine, 21, Christina, 19, Patrick, 17, and Christopher, 12.

Arnold's love child with Baena, Joseph, is 13 and  born within weeks of his youngest son Christopher. We wish Maria and her kids the best.


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Katherine Schwarzenegger, 21, and her three siblings are rallying around Maria Shriver and staying strong in the face of the scandal that rocked their family.

Days after the news of Arnold Schwarzenegger's affair and love child with Patty Baena went public, Katherine was honored for inspiring young women.

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"Congrats to my beautiful and brilliant daughter Katherine for receiving the GirlPower Award from A Place Called Home," proud mom Maria Tweeted.

In 2010, Katherine penned a book, Rock What You've Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty from Someone Who's Been There and Back.

The book chronicles Katherine's personal struggle to develop a healthy body image.  Last week, as her family scandal made headlines, she tweeted:

"This is definitely not easy, but I appreciate your love and support as I begin to heal and move forward in life. I will always love my family."

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It was Maria Shriver's camp who first leaked the story of Arnold Schwarzenegger's affair and child with Mildred Patricia Baena, according to new reports.

Maria's own people did so because she was so angry at Arnold when she found out about his out-of-wedlock child, she wanted to expose him herself.

When Maria found out that Arnold fathered Mildred Patty Baena's son, she was "hysterical" and even wanted to hold a press conference regarding it.

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Shriver's friends talked her off a ledge and a plan was hatched to leak the details to the L.A. Times and TMZ, who blew the lid off the story last week.

Maria found out about the baby in late April or very early May. The boy is now a teenager. Mildred Baena worked for the family for around 20 years.

Reports say Maria was miserable in her marriage and wanted out for a long time before separating from Arnold, her husband of 25 years, this spring.

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The four (legitimate) children of Arnold Schwarzenegger are rallying around their mother, Maria Shriver, amid the love child scandal that exploded this week.

Three days after Arnold admitted he had a love a child with former household staffer Mildred "Patty" Baena, Maria is understandably reeling from the news.

The couple's four children - Katherine, 21, and Christina, 19, Patrick, 17, and Christopher, 13 - are struggling as well, but are rallying around their mom.

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Katherine, Christina and Patrick with Maria Shriver.

"The kids are all banding together to support their mom right now and they're doing their best to stay out of the spotlight," a family source tells Us Weekly.

The fact that Arnold kept the secret for 14 years, and that Baena is close to the family and was obsessed with Maria Shriver, make this harder to bear.

The former California governor's wife of 25 years struggles to maintain a brave face, her kids seek comfort in oldest sibling Katherine, who frequently acted as a "second parent" while Schwarzenegger was on the campaign trail.

"Katherine is really upset about this and how her mom is right now," the source adds.

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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.

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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.

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Mildred "Patty" Baena, the woman who carried Arnold Schwarzenegger's illegitimate child, had an obsession with his wife Maria Shriver, according to reports.

Sources close to the Schwarzenegger's ex-housekeeper and staff member said she loved Shriver's naturally "gorgeous" looks and wanted to be just like her.

To that end, Mildred Patricia Baena - also known as Mildred Baena and Patty Baena - would dress in Maria's clothing and even wear her jewelry around town.

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In one instance, Patty confided that Maria noticed that a piece of her jewelry was missing and interviewed the staff. It's unclear if it resurfaced.

Perhaps most shockingly, Patty Baena would go to Maria for "love advice" as well as advice about pregnancy and Maria graciously offered help.

Given that she gave birth to Schwarzenegger's love child, a secret she kept for more than 14 YEARS, that's pretty much the height of irony.

Baena also confided in a friend that when Maria would leave the house in the morning, she would crawl into the marital bed and "do" Arnold.

She once even bragged to a confidant that she was more of a wife to Arnold than Maria Shriver because she was "always there for him."

Long story short, this divorce is about to get really ugly.

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Amid the shocking revelation that her husband cheated on her with - and impregnated - Mildred Patricia Baena, Maria Shriver made a surprise appearance Tuesday at the taping of the penultimate episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Her visit came less than 24 hours after Arnold Schwarzenegger publicly admitted he had fathered a child with the couple's former household staff member, and just a week after Shriver and Schwarzenegger announced their separation.

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After appearances by Will Smith, Jerry Seinfeld, and Stevie Wonder, Shriver stepped on stage with Gayle King, Oprah’s best friend, at Chicago’s United Center.

The audience of 20,000 gave both women a standing ovation.

Shriver told the retiring talk show host, ”You’ve given me love, wisdom, and the truth,” then introduced Tyler Perry for the next segment of the show.

Interestingly, Shriver may have been with Oprah, King and Stedman Graham when the news of Schwarzenegger's love child first went public earlier.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger's startling admission that he fathered a child out of wedlock over a decade ago begs a number of questions, chief among them:

  1. Who is the mystery female employee he impregnated?
  2. Having hidden it so well under heavy scrutiny, why admit it now?
  3. How could be run for office while hiding a secret of this magnitude?

We don't know the answer to question #1 right now, though we imagine we will in time. The second is equally unclear. The third? Only Arnold knows.

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His mistress, who worked in the family's home and continued to do so until earlier this year, always maintained that her then-husband was the dad.

This is a remarkable story for a number of reasons.

Even if Schwarzenegger's public persona was a macho rogue, adultery doesn't play well with voters ... nor does lying and pulling a John Edwards.

When the former U.S. senator and presidential candidate knocked up Rielle Hunter, he denied it to everyone's face until he was flat out busted.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger wants Maria Shriver to come back to him. Whether she obliges is a different story, but he's supposedly determined to make it happen.

The Governator is changing his ways to make that happen. Sort of.

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Sources say Arnold finally gets that Maria couldn't stand the fact that he was ignoring her and her needs, having spent very little time together in recent years.

Arnold has actually made headway, making Maria "ambivalent" at times about whether to go through with a divorce, despite their just-announced separation.

"Maria has been tortured over pulling the plug on the marriage," a source says. "One day she's determined to get the hell out, the next day she just can't."

Notably, they just spent an evening at an L.A. area hotel for their anniversary. Doesn't sound like somebody emotionally terrified of their spouse, does it?

One source very familiar with the couple says that amid the separation, "Arnold has done a 180. He's been really sweet to her since all this went down."

Guys. Can't live with 'em, are we right ladies?

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