How Maria Shriver Found Out

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maria shriver e1305719082842 How Maria Shriver Found Out

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You would move out, too, if this happened to you.

Not only did Maria Shriver have to find out that her husband of 25 years, Arnold Schwarzenegger, have a 10-year old child with a staff member. The actor and former California Governor gave her the news over the phone… while at dinner with Oprah Winfrey.

Maria Shriver was at dinner with Oprah when she learned Arnold was going public with his infidelity and love child. Maria was accompanied by her daughters Katherine and Christina when she joined Oprah, Stedman, Gayle King and others at Chicago’s RL restaurant. It was intended as a friendly dinner prior to Maria’s appearance on Oprah’s grand finale show. But all that changed when Maria took a phone call while at the table, an eyewitness tells us. “Maria had a very animated, very emotional 15 minute phone call,” the source says. “She was very upset and from what she was saying, it was obvious that she was getting some stunning news. She left the dinner right after the call.” Just hours later, the Los Angeles Times published a statement Schwarzenegger had given the paper, confessing to an affair with a household staffer that had resulted in a child, now 10. The status of Shriver’s appearance on Oprah is currently unknown, but she has released a statement: “This is a painful and heartbreaking time,” she says. “As a mother, my concern is for the children. I ask for compassion, respect, and privacy as my children and I try to rebuild our lives and heal. I will have no further comment.”

The mother of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s love child has been identified as long-time family housekeeper Mildred “Patty” Baena. Baena, now 50, had the former California’s governor’s son some 10 years ago and lives as a single mom divorcée with the boy and her three other children outside Los Angeles, according to several publications. She quit working for Schwarzenegger and Shriver in January after close to 20 years with the couple. Her son is the spitting image of his dad, and looks like a young Conan, reports TMZ. She didn’t tell Schwarzenegger he was her son’s father until the boy was a toddler, say friends. Shriver said her husband’s revelation that he fathered the child was “painful and heartbreaking.” The two split earlier this year after four children and 25 years of marriage when Schwarzenegger revealed he had fathered a child with a member of their household staff. Two of power couple’s children. Kristina and Patrick, have tweeted that while the revelations are painful, they will always love and stick by their family, reports the New York Daily News. Schwarzenegger is said to be financially generous with Baena, who lives in a large house with a pool, but Radar said a debtor has a lien on the property.

Maria Shriver was lucky to be with one of her longtime friends when she found out the devastating news. Watch her talk about their close-knit friendship at The Women’s Conference in 2004:

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