Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Who's your daddy?

It's the question on everyone's mind...

He promised...

About a week ago, former California Gov./occasional cyborg Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, announced they were “separating.” Many saw it as the end of their 25-year marriage (the phrase, “Hasta la vista, Maria!,” was tossed around).

Now we know why.

Ah-nold has a kid that isn't Maria's, too.

The big political/celebrity news crossed the wires Tuesday: Ah-nold had been fooling around with a member of the Schwarzen-Kennedy household staff...and that fooling around had produced another heir.


"I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family," Schwarzenegger wrote in a statement. "There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry."

Shriver, a member of the Kennedy clan, also released a statement: "This is a painful and heartbreaking time. 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."

Don’t feel too bad for Ah-nold: according to the Los Angeles Times, "Few strategists believe that the disclosure about his out-of-wedlock child will permanently derail Arnold Schwarzenegger's political or entertainment pursuits."

The celeb-driven website, Gawker, threw up a post today in which the guv’s alleged gal pal (and supposed love child) are identified. ‘Two tabloids have just identified the woman as Mildred ‘"Patty’ Baena, age 50, a former housekeeper at Schwarzenegger's Brentwood estate. Radar Online spoke with two sources who confirmed that Baena is the woman identified in the Los Angeles Times article that broke the story of Schwarzenegger's hidden child. Pictures show Baena and an adolescent boy, matching the age range and gender given in a New York Times article. (The New York Times doesn't identify Baena by name.)’”

Is this the woman (and child) in question?

That’s not where this story is ending, though.

According to Gawker (and other sources), “According to TMZ, Baena didn't tell Schwarzenegger that he was the father of her son until the boy was a toddler. According to friends, she'd ‘pursued’" him sometime in the late 90s, eventually leading to regular episodes of ‘"unprotected sex during the day at the house.’ What does this mean for our earlier story identifying a former flight attendant named Tammy Tousignant as the mother of Schwarzenegger's child? We were incorrect to identify Tammy's son, Tanner Tousignant, as the subject of the Los Angeles Times story. But we still believe Tanner could be Schwarzenegger's son, as does Daily Mail reporter Wendy Leigh, who originally broke the story in 2003. Leigh told us earlier (before Baena had been identified) that she was ‘"hearing that [the child acknowledged by Schwarzenegger] is a different child. Which means there are two.’" Indeed, given the numerous stories of Schwarzenegger's infidelity, it would hardly come as a surprise to learn that he had two illegitimate children—though, to be fair Tammy Tousignant claims to have a paternity test proving that her husband Tommy is the father of her son.”

This story isn’t over.

Not by a long shot.

Out of the mouths of former governors...

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