The Problem With Joseph Baena: Arnold Schwarzenegger's children with Maria Shriver have issues with love-child
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Arnold Schwarzenegger was joined by his daughters Christina, 31, and Katherine, 33, along with Katherine's husband Chris Pratt, at the premiere of his new Netflix show, 'FUBAR'. However, his son Joseph Baena, who bears a striking resemblance to Schwarzenegger, walked the red carpet alone.
Schwarzenegger takes on the role of an almost-retired CIA operative in his new show, where he stars alongside Monica Barbaro, who portrays his daughter. Additionally, Schwarzenegger's upcoming Netflix documentary 'Arnold' is scheduled to be released on June 7.
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Despite Schwarzenegger maintaining a strong bond with all five of his children, his four children from his marriage to Maria Shriver continue to have no relationship with his love-child Baena. Their half-sibling is the result of an affair between Schwarzenegger and their family's former housekeeper, Mildred Baena, 26 years ago.
'The other kids don’t love Joe'
According to a source familiar with the actor, Schwarzenegger and his son share a close bond. "But, to be honest, the other kids don’t love Joe. It’s a shame as he’s a really good kid, and Arnold has always treated him like all his other kids — very fairly. But for whatever reason, the other kids take [the affair] out on Joe," the source revealed to Page Six.
"Arnold is really close to Joe. I’ve been at several events where he’s brought him along," the source said. The source said that Baena is snubbed by his half-siblings, adding, "It’s not fair, but I guess it’s understandable — he’s the product of something that should not have occurred." Another source said, "The Schwarzenegger kids have consistently navigated the situation with respect and class."
The red-carpet omission did not escape attention, and Baena, who shares his father's passion for bodybuilding, took to social media to express his pride in his dad. He posted a photo of himself at the premiere, highlighting how proud he is of Schwarzenegger. "Give FUBAR a 2 thumbs up!!! Had an amazing time last night at the FUBAR premier!" he wrote as the caption. "Proud of everyone that was involved in the making of FUBAR, but especially proud to see @schwarzenegger and @iamgabrielluna bring this amazing show to life!"
'Disgusting how you are treated by your own blood'
One of Baena’s followers commented on the post, "It’s disgusting how you are treated man by your own blood. Completely ignored due to something out of your control. Is it racial hostility? Who knows. At the end of the day use this bulls**t to fuel you." Another wrote, "Just started following to give you the type of support your snobby siblings choose not to. You are a great example for many. You train hard, have made it on your own without taking your father's last name, you have a job, you support your father and look up to him. In my eyes, you are an exemplary son." A third quipped, "Joe is Arnold’s true legacy and his rich lazy kids are clearly b**thurt. Keep on trucking Joe." Another fan wrote, "That’s a shame. Arnie seem to love them equally tho, if not Joe a little more because he’s walking in his footsteps."
Schwarzenegger's children with Shriver have a strained relationship with Baena, despite their father's financial support to him, including paying for his college fees and providing a house for Mildred. The premiere of 'FUBAR' marked the first public display of tension between Schwarzenegger's children. While Baena reportedly stayed to attend the after-party at The Grove in Los Angeles, the other children chose to go home.
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