New York: In an explosive tell-all book, Arnold Schwarzenegger offers ‘Total Recall’ of the infidelity that wrecked his marriage — revealing his wife confronted him about his love child in couples counselling.
In the book ‘Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story, ‘ which will hit bookstores Oct. 1, the ‘Terminator’ star writes his wife Maria Shriver waited until a day after he left the California governor’s office in 2011 to confirm her long-held suspicion that he was a cheater.
“The minute we sat down, the therapist turned to me and said, ‘Maria wanted to come here today and to ask about a child — whether you fathered a child with your housekeeper Mildred,’” a leading daily has quoted Schwarzenegger as writing in the book.
“I told the therapist, ‘It’s true,” Schwarzenegger recounts in the memoir.
In the book Schwarzenegger also tells of his journey from a rural town in Austria to becoming a Mr. Universe bodybuilder, Hollywood superstar and powerful politician.
It is only at the end of the 624-page that he describes about the fling with his married housekeeper Mildred Baena and the secret son he kept from his wife for 15 years.
He divulges that he had sex with Baena in 1996 in the guesthouse of his Pacific Palisades, Calif., mansion while Shriver was away on vacation with their kids and he was stuck in Hollywood working on the flick ‘Batman and Robin’.
When Baena gave birth, she named the baby Joseph and listed her husband as the father — and Schwarzenegger writes that he “wanted” to believe that — and did — for years.
He writes that he kept Baena on as housekeeper because he thought that was the best way to “control the situation.”
He reveals that many years before the marriage-counseling showdown, Shriver asked him if the child was his, but he adamantly denied it. Schwarzenegger explains that Shriver implied she had already confronted Baena and learned the truth.
He claims that for a long time he even convinced himself that the boy was not his. But as Joseph grew older, he began to look more and more like Schwarzenegger until the ‘The Running Man’ actor could no longer run from his responsibility.
The resemblance was so strong that “I realized there was little doubt that he was my son,” writes Schwarzenegger.
He added that he was already governor of California when Baena’s husband left her and he began secretly supporting her and her children financially.
Schwarzenegger, who has four children with Shriver, reasons that politically he was doing the right thing by concealing his illegitimate son because he had not campaigned for governor on family values.
He confesses that he has struggled to understand what motivated him to be unfaithful. He writes that his only answer is stupidity — and the arrogance of believing “you’ll get way with ignoring the rules.”
Schwarzenegger added that he still has hope he and Shriver will get back together.