Schwarzenegger’s lovechild looks just like his famous father in this photo taken from the family album
By Hugo Daniel
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s love child was obsessed with watching Terminator 2 when he was growing up – but had no idea he was watching his father in action, the boy’s cousin has revealed.
Mildred Baena’s nephew Jorge Pena is the first family member to come forward and speak about the scandal, which has led to the breakdown of the actor’s 25-year marriage.
In an emotional interview the 28-year-old told how his young cousin idolised Arnold.
He said: ‘Joe would idolize Arnold – we all idolised him. It was a cool thing for us. Joe used to watch Terminator 2 all the time, he really loved that movie.’
Jorge said the whole family feels ‘stupid’ for not realizing Schwarzenegger was the father before;
Joseph is seen here as a toddler
Jorge, an ex-marine who has done two tours of Iraq, also recalled Arnold’s generosity with his family.
He said: ‘They have always been like family to us. Arnold was like an uncle to us, he was really cool with everybody. He always loved Joseph but it didn’t seem he got extra attention.
‘My aunt and my mum both got to travel with Arnold and the family when they went away on vacations and once in a while they took Joe and Roger because they both got on with Arnold and Maria’s kids so well.
‘Joseph was like a play friend with the boys. They would go along to watch the kids and feed everyone. They would also go abroad to movie premieres with the family, usually working but sometimes as guests.’
Schwarzenegger and his whole family attended the Quinceanera – a Latino coming of age party for a 15-year-old girl – of Jorge’s sister Jeannie and both Pena and Beana family members were often invited to Schwarzenegger birthday parties.
‘He invited us all to movie premieres and at Christmas he would send us all presents. I remember when Terminator 2 came out he gave me a Terminator leather jacket. He would also give us autographed pictures for our friends. He was a nice guy.’
Jorge said the whole family feels ‘stupid’ for not realizing Schwarzenegger was the father of Joseph before.
He said: ‘I felt kind of like I should have known something. I feel stupid for believing Roger [Mildred's ex-huband] was his dad.
‘We would all joke to Joe ‘Arnold’s your dad’ because he just looks so much like him. Joe would just laugh it off.
‘But we never had any idea, we thought it was a funny joke. But it was real. When we said it to Mildred she would brush it off and just say ‘you guys are funny’.
‘We always thought the father was Rogelio. He has some family with blonde hair and blue eyes so we had always thought there was something in his genes.’
Jorge doesn’t know if Schwarzenegger and Mildred’s affair was a one off fling or more serious, but he worries it was probably the latter.
He said: ‘Honestly I don’t know, I don’t think it’s a one time thing.’
Jorge revealed Mildred has been married at least three times – he is not sure whether she is married to current partner Alex or not – and has had several boyfriends in between.
According to her nephew, Mildred Baena’s family have lost their ‘respect’ for her
Jorge said Schwarzenegger has been speaking to his mother on the phone regularly.
‘He told her just “don’t worry about it, it will pass, please come back to work when you’re ready”.’
‘She thinks he is taking it very lightly but I think that’s how he is just a chilled guy.’
Jorge said his mum is very close to Schwarzenegger and his family.
‘My mom is almost pissed off with my aunt that she could do this to Arnold’s family and especially to Maria.
‘When she saw her [Shriver] speak on the news she cried, she says “how can Arnold do that?”, “how could Mildred do that?”.
‘She is stuck, torn between two families right now but at the same time it’s my aunt and her sister and we love her.’
Jorge has a similar take on events, adding: ‘What Mildred did was wrong no matter how you spin this. But at the same time it’s my aunt, we love her very much and are trying to support her.
‘With Arnold we also think it’s something he shouldn’t have done and we are upset with him, but he’s always been very generous to us.
‘We’ve definitely lost a little respect for him and my aunt, it definitely brings them down a notch.’
And Jorge hopes Schwarzenegger will soon find time to sit down and talk to his son Joseph and give him some kind of explanation for not telling him he was his father.
‘I hope Arnold is going to take him aside and talk to him about all this. He has not done so far as far as I know. But Joseph needs to speak to his dad.’