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New documents reveal that 50-year-old Mildred Baena -- the longtime Schwarzenegger employee who is believed to be the mother of his illegitimate son -- separated from her husband in October 1997, just three weeks after the child was born. The secret was leaked in the housekeeper's divorce papers from 2008, when she and her husband made the separation legal.
The divorce papers don't list Baena's son with Schwarzenegger as the reason for the split, simply citing the standard "irreconcilable differences." However, a comparison between the child's birth certificate and the divorce papers reveals another interesting detail. On the birth certificate, Baena's husband is identified as the father. In the divorce papers, she writes that she has children with her husband. Did it become obvious in those three weeks after his birth that the baby belonged to Arnold? Was the father's realization the reason for the separation?
The shocking details of this scandal just keep coming. Here's another one revealed by the child's birth certificate: Baena's baby was born just five days after Schwarzenegger and Shriver's fourth child, Christopher, 14. So at the exact same time Maria was pregnant with Arnold's baby, her housekeeper was also pregnant with a baby who, unbeknownst to Maria, was also fathered by Arnold. Is your head spinning yet?
At this point, the most incredible thing about the story is the fact that Schwarzenegger, 63, managed to keep it hidden for so long. TMZ has obtained photos of the boy (whose identity is being concealed because he's a minor), and claims that he is the "spitting image" of his biological father. And while Baena and Schwarzenegger were reportedly discreet about the affair, it seems that he bought her this house last year.
In the wake of all this craziness, Shriver, 55, has reportedly hired a divorce attorney of her own -- prominent L.A. family lawyer Laura Wasser -- though sources tell People that "Maria hasn't decided yet if she wants to end her marriage."
Whatever happens with Arnold, Shriver and her kids are sticking together; she and two of her children were spotted "smiling" and "looking relaxed" while they had lunch at a Japanese restaurant on Wednesday.