Arnold Schwarzenegger Is “Very Proud” of How He and Maria Shriver Raised Their Kids

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Arnold Schwarzenegger has been a household name for almost six decades, and through the years, he’s earned dozens of titles, including actor, bodybuilder, politician, businessman, and philanthropist. He received possibly his most important title in 1989 when he became a dad for the very first time. He went on to welcome four more children, with his youngest being born in 1997.

He shares four children – two sons and two daughters – with ex-wife Maria Shriver. News of his fifth child did not come until 2011 when he revealed he had fathered another son, Joseph Baena, with his longtime housekeeper Mildred Baena, per The Hollywood Reporter. Mildred had given birth to Joseph the same year Maria and Arnold welcomed their youngest son, Christopher, together.

Despite the unusual circumstances and the fact that Maria filed for divorce shortly after the news of Arnold’s fifth child was made public, per People, the former couple have continued to be very involved and supportive parents of their adult children, even showing up together for special occasions. In a December 2017 interview with Men’s Journal, Arnold shared that he thinks about his affair “every so often,” noting that he’s done his best to move forward for his children.

In May 2023, Arnold spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about how he and Maria handled their divorce and put their kids first. “I love my wife. She and I are really good friends and very close, and we are very proud of the way we raised our kids,” he explained. “Even though we had this drama, we did Easter together, Mother’s Day together, the Christmases together, all birthdays – everything together. If there’s Oscars for how to handle divorce, Maria and I should get it for having the least amount of impact on the kids. The sweetness and kindness you see in them, that’s from my wife. The discipline and work ethic is from me.”

To find out more about Arnold’s tight-knit family, scroll through this gallery.

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