Arnold Schwarzenegger had all things amazing going for him, including what we all thought was a perfect marriage and a family made in heaven until one big wind came and blew open so many lies, secrets, and infidelity woes. The whole drama didn’t only put the entire family on everybody’s radar but also ended his marriage of three decades with Maria Shriver. Below is a detailed account of how his marriage ended, including who he has been with since then.
The Real Reason Arnold’s Marriage Ended In A Flash
The world and America woke up to the heartbreaking news of the split between the popular American-Austrian actor, politician and author, Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver in May 2011. The union which lasted for close to three decades came to a halt when Shriver discovered that her husband has fathered another child with a secret lover who turned out to be a longtime domestic staff of the family, Mildred Patricia Baena.
Baena who retired in 2011 after working as a domestic staff to the Schwarzeneggers’ was involved in an affair with Arnold in the absence of his wife, Maria Shriver, who was away on vacation with the kids in 1996. The result of the affair was a son for Arnold whom she named Joseph. Sources revealed that Schwarzenegger refused to accept the fact that the child was his, denying whenever he was accosted by Shriver. However, it became obvious as Joseph shares a striking resemblance with him.
The truth finally came out when Schwarzenegger left office as Governor of California in January 2011. Reports revealed that Shriver and her husband attended a counselling session where Schwarzenegger admitted to having an affair with Baena which resulted in the birth of Joseph in October 1997.
Shriver was devastated by the revelation and the fact that the relationship she had with Baena was cordial. She pleaded with the media to respect her privacy and that of her kids as they were going through an emotional meltdown. Schwarzenegger was disappointed at himself for putting his wife and family to public shame and asked the media to rather focus on him being the culprit than his family. Up until now, the Terminator star and his journalist wife are yet to get the divorce papers signed due to the $400 million net worth they shared and also because they didn’t think they would ever be needing a prenup so they never signed any. Almost a decade after, the couple are still bound by legal papers despite their separation many years ago
Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected and served as Governor of the state of California from 2003 to 2011. He got married to Maria Shriver, a journalist, author, and niece of former United States President, John F. Kennedy in 1986. Prior to their marriage, Schwarzenegger and Shriver first met at a tennis tournament and immediately started a relationship, finally tying the knots after 9 years.
Meet His Kids
The former professional bodybuilder has five kids; four with his ex-wife Maria Shriver, and one with former lover Baena. Arnold and Shriver’s 25 years marriage produced children who are now all grown up and doing well in their various endeavours. They are: Katherine Schwarzenegger, Christina Schwarzenegger, Patrick Schwarzenegger, and Christopher Schwarzenegger.
Shriver gave birth to her first and oldest daughter, Katherine on the 13th of December, 1986, three years after her wedding with Schwarzenegger. Katty graduated from USC in 2012 and went on to become an author, blogger, and animal activist. She met Chris Pratt, a well-known actor in 2018 and walked down the aisle with him in 2019 after a one-year relationship.
Christina, the second daughter and child between Shriver and Schwarzenegger, was born on the 23rd of July, 1991. She graduated from Georgetown University in 2013, which happens to be the same University her mother graduated from.
Christina is now a movie producer and in 2018, she jointly produced the 2018 Netflix documentary Take Your Pills, which talks about the addiction of Adderall in college campuses and workplaces. She also works as an assistant editor at Goop.
Patrick is the first son and third child of Shriver and Schwarzenegger. He was born on the 16th of September, 1993. He also graduated from USC in 2016, bagging a degree in Business, with a minor in Cinematic Arts.
He has featured in movies like Grown Ups 2 and Midnight Sun and is expected to appear in another upcoming thriller piece, Daniel Isn’t Real.
He is the second son and last child between Shriver and Schwarzenegger, born on the 27th of September, 1997. Christopher now schools at the University of Michigan.
Lastly, Joseph Baena is the son Arnold Schwarzenegger had with Mildred Baena. He was born on the 2nd of October, 1997, just a few days after the birth of Shriver’s youngest son Christopher. He attended Pepperdine University and graduated in 2019 with a degree in Business Administration. He seems to follow in the footsteps of his father with an interest in bodybuilding. Recently he starred in the recreation of an iconic scene from ‘Terminator 2’, directed by his buddy, Ben Hess.
Is Schwarzenegger Currently Dating Any Woman?
Following his separation from Maria Shriver in 2011, Schwarzenegger has painfully moved on, with the hopes of getting back with her someday. However, he is currently in a relationship with a physical therapist, Heather Milligan, which began in 2013. Milligan was born in 1974 and going by that date of birth, she is younger than him by far. Recently, the two love birds have been spotted in various places, sharing lovely moments in public.