Arnold Schwarzenegger opens up about his love child, Joseph Baena, revealing the kind of relationship he now has with him and he also spoke about his divorce from Maria Shriver and the scandal of a few years ago when news broke of his affair with the couple’s housekeeper.
The 67-year-old former California Governor reprises his role for the fifth time in the latest in the hugely popular Terminator franchise. As ‘Terminator Genisys’ hits theaters so too does its star hit the promo trail, and, not surprisingly he is opening up about topics he’s not discussed, and not surprisingly his comments are going viral. It’s the proven publicity formula, after all.
In an interview with Howard Stern on his eponymous SiriusXM show he spoke out about the aftermath of that affair with the housekeeper, Patty Baena that became explosive news for quite some time, back in 2011. It was revealed that not only had he had an affair but that she had given birth to his son, who is now 17 years old. Photos of the boy went viral as the uncanny resemblance all but confirmed the truth.
Schwarzenegger said of his love child Joseph Baena and their current relationship, “It is fantastic. He’s terrific and he totally understands the situation. So, it all has worked out.”
He went on to admit, “It’s a very tough situation for him. It’s a very tough situation for my kids. Very tough situation for my family. It was tough for everybody. But it has happened and now we have to figure it out, right?”
He also said of his children with former wife Maria Shriver, “My kids are a straight 10. I am so proud of them. I’m so in love with them.” The couple has four children; two sons and two daughters, Katherine, 25, Christina, 23, Patrick, 21, and Christopher, 17.
As for the divorce, and his actions which led to it, Schwarzenegger said of it, “I had personal setbacks, but this was, without any doubt, the biggest setback and the biggest failure.”
He continued, and said, “Without any doubt. Not only failure, but you feel like, ‘I’m to blame for it. It was me that screwed up.’ And you can’t point the finger at anyone else. So yeah, I was disappointed in it.”
He went on to add, “It’s always easy to be smart in hindsight. The thing was how do you make the best of that situation?”
Schwarzenegger also spoke about the efforts he and his former wife had made to salvage the marriage, including seeing a therapist for whom he had unkind words. He said, “That guy was so full of s—. He said more crap and more nonsense. It was absolutely counterproductive to our future relationship… Maria talked me into it.”
He also spoke about his son, Patrick’s recent breakup with Miley Cyrus. He said, “Under normal circumstances maybe I would be nervous, but I’ll tell you the two reasons why not. One is my kids are very strong. They have had their upbringing. They know exactly how far they can go and they should be adventurous, they should venture out and meet different people, so I was not worried about that.”
He went on to offer his thoughts on the ever provocative and often controversial pop music superstar and said, “The other thing is when I did meet Miley Cyrus, when she came up to Sun Valley skiing during the holidays, I found out that she was a fantastic person.”
You can see highlights of the interview Arnold Schwarzenegger gave on ‘The Howard Stern Show’ below, as he talks about his love child and the divorce.