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Mildred Baena gives interview, poses for photo with her son by Arnold Schwarzenegger

Perhaps it was inevitable that the housekeeper at the center of the Arnold Schwarzenegger saga would finally speak out — to a British tabloid.

Mildred Baena has given an interview to Hello!, a U.K. celebrity glossy, in which she poses for a photo with the son she had by the former governor.

His name is Joseph, it turns out — and yes, he looks like Arnold.

It’s that growing resemblance, she tells the magazine, that prompted Maria Shriver to confront her — somewhat gently, it seems — several months ago: “She would say things like, ‘I’m here if you need to talk.’ I sensed something was up. . . Finally, she asked point blank.” Baena says Shriver was sympathetic: “She was so strong. She cried with me and told me to get off my knees.”

She also said Joseph learned about a year ago that the movie star was his dad. His reaction, she says: “Cool!”

Read earlier: Schwarzenegger’s love child: How did he keep the secret so long?, 5/17/11

Schwarzenegger, the housekeeper and Maria Shriver: Your questions answered, 5/18/11

Update: Arnold Schwarzenegger puts showbiz comeback on hold, 5/19/11


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