In May of 2011, the Los Angeles Times dropped an enormous bombshell when it revealed that Arnold Schwarzenegger had fathered a love child with his family’s longtime housekeeper, Mildred Patricia Baena.
The scandal decimated his three decades of marriage to Maria Shriver and tarnished the former Governor of California’s political career.
If there is a silver lining to the fallout from the scandal, however, it’s that Schwarzenegger and Joseph have managed to weather the storm and reportedly have a good relationship.
And by all accounts, Arnold’s illegitimate son is an excellent student and responsible young man!
In May of 2015, Joseph officially graduated from Frontier High School in Bakersfield, California, as an honor student. According to reports in the mainstream media, Schwarzenegger skipped his son’s big day to spend time with his daughter, Katherine, in Santa Monica. However, Joseph’s mother was there and posed for pics with her son, who proudly displayed his diploma.
After high school, Joseph enrolled at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where he is majoring in business management.
And Joseph has recently been honored for student philanthropy, an accolade that could have been monetary, but it’s more likely he volunteered to help in some capacity that benefited the student population.
“It shows his commitment to the school, and it’s a great way to meet other students,” an anonymous source confirmed.
The insider added, “‘He’s on a great path. It will be interesting to see if he follows in his father’s footsteps. He could end up working with Arnold some day.”
Despite the awkward way in which the world found out about his parentage, Joseph has been working steadily with his father to develop a strong and lasting bond.
Schwarzenegger, who initially spoke very little about his son, first mentioned Joseph in 2015 in an interview with Howard Stern.
“He’s terrific and he totally understands the situation,” Schwarzenegger said. “So, it all has worked out. It’s a very tough situation for him. It’s a very tough situation for my kids, very tough situation for my family. It was tough for everybody. But it has happened and now we have to figure it out, right?”
Well, Arnie, we couldn’t agree with you more.
And in honor of the media shy 21-year-old, we’ve compiled a list of 12 facts we bet you didn’t know about Joseph…