By Elizabeth C.
THE SPERMINATOR IS BACK, this time telling his “unbelievably true life story” in an autobiography that hits the stores Oct. 1.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Total Recall recounts his near-mythic transformation from abused Austrian schoolboy to world champion bodybuilder, Hollywood superstar and governor of the U.S.’s most populous state. And he comes clean on how he admitted to fathering a child with the family maid — and began secretly supporting both while still governor of California. It was exactly one day after Schwarzenegger finished his second term in January, 2011 that Maria Shriver confronted her husband of 25 years about fathering a son with their maid. The confrontation came during a visit to a marital therapist.
“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,’ ” Schwarzenegger reveals in the book. He admitted it, finally exposing a 14-year secret.
Baena gave birth to Schwarzenegger’s illegitimate son Joseph on Oct. 2, 1997 — just five days after Maria delivered the couple’s youngest son, Christopher on Sept. 27. For years, Schwarzenegger says he ignored the resemblance between himself and the boy. But ultimately they became so obvious that he “realized there was little doubt that he was my son,” he writes.
Schwarzenegger reveals that he slept with the boy’s mother in the guesthouse of his Pacific Palisades, Calif. home while his father was away while he was stuck at home filming Batman & Robin.
Maria had asked the question in previous years, but he denied it completely. And when the truth finally came, he begged for her forgiveness to no avail. She moved out of the family’s Brentwood estate and filed for divorce in May, 2011.
Schwarzenegger admits he was wrong to keep the secret. “But 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,” he writes.
And, typical for a man of his ego, Schwarzenegger still harbors hope that he and his wife will reunite. “You can call this denial,” he writes, “but it’s the way my mind works.”
In a 60 Minutes interview set to air Sunday, Schwarzenegger says Maria has not read the book but is aware that he discusses the scandal.
“She knows that it’s about my whole life and that I would not write a book and kind of leave out that part and make people feel like, ‘Well, wait a minute. Are we just getting a book about his success stories and not talk about his failures?,” he says on the CBS news show. “And that’s not the book I wanted to write. I wanted to write about the book about me. Here’s my life.”