Joseph Baena, Arnold Schwarzenegger's Love Child, Gets Birthday Gift

Thursday, 03 Oct 2013 03:36 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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Joseph Baena, Arnold Schwarzenegger's love child with his former housekeeper, got a big gift from his dad for his 16th birthday Wednesday: a home gym set.

Baena, who is the spitting image of Schwarzenegger, appears to have taken after his famous father when it comes to physique.

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"In case you haven't noticed, Joseph is a behemoth — a virtual carbon copy of a very young Austrian immigrant... and Arnold clearly feels the apple may not fall far from the gigantic redwood tree," TMZ reported.  

The boy was photographed Tuesday after swim practice at his Bakersfield, Calif., high school.



Schwarzenegger fathered Baena during an affair with his former housekeeper Mildred Baena in the late '90s. The bodybuilder turned action star turned California governor confessed to the affair in 2011, a week before splitting with his wife of 25 years, Maria Shriver.

Schwarzenegger revealed in his 2012 book, "Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story," how he admitted his affair to Shriver during a therapy session.

"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," he wrote. For years, "instead of doing the right thing, I'd just put the truth in a mental compartment and locked it up where I didn't deal with it every day."

Baena lives with his mother but sources say he and Schwarzenegger are building their bond.

"Once the truth came out, Arnold embraced Joseph," a source close to the family told TMZ. "Since then, they've been slowly building a great relationship."

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