For the first time since his 5th child was revealed, Arnold Schwarzenegger opened up about his relationship with the boy, Joseph. In a new interview, the ‘Terminator’ actor gushed over his love child and shared that his family is doing ‘fantastic.’
Arnold Schwarzenegger, 67, has kept pretty quiet about the controversy that tore his family apart in 2011, but now he’s decided to break his silence. Not only did Arnold address Joseph Baena, now 17, as his son, but he explained how his youngest child is doing under the extremely awkward circumstances. In fact, he has nothing but praise for Joseph, who he reveals is doing “terrific” adjusting to his new life.
It was only 4 years ago that Arnold confessed to fathering a child, Joseph, with his former housekeeper, Mildred Baena. The affair rocked his marriage, and it didn’t take long for Arnold and Maria Shriver to divorce. However, while promoting his latest Terminator film, Arnold revealed that things with his family are much different than they once were.
“It’s fantastic,” Arnold told PEOPLE while discussing his family life, “including my fifth child with Mildred.” Hearing Arnold include his son, Joseph, is incredibly heartwarming. Although he’s 17 now, he was pretty young when his identity was revealed to the entire world. Now, Arnold says that his son has acclimated to the “awkward” circumstances much better than anyone expected.
“He’s terrific and he totally understands the situation. So, it all has worked out,” Arnold explained. “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?”
It’s really great to hear that Arnold and his family, including Joseph, are figuring things out. It’s definitely going to be tough for a while, but knowing that they are working on their relationships is really wonderful. Best of luck to Arnold and Joseph!
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— Lauren Cox