'She cried with me and told me to get off my knees'

After weeks of speculation, Mildred Baena, the mother of Arnold Schwarzenegger's love child has spoken out. The 50-year-old former Schwarzenegger housekeeper has revealed the moment Arnold's wife Maria Shriver discovered the sordid secret she had kept for almost 14 years in an explosive new interview. 'Maria did ask me directly if Joseph was Arnold's son and I just broke down,'  Guatemala-born Mildred says. 'I dropped to my knees and I was crying, saying that, yes, he was and I was so sorry.'
In her first interview, with Hello! magazine, Mildred reveals: 'She was so strong. She cried with me and told me to get off my knees. 'We held each other and I told her it wasn't Arnold's fault, that it takes two. That is what I admired about her, her strength and the way she handled it.'
Baena sets the record straight, telling the magazine that she and Arnold had only a handful of encounters - not a lengthy affair - and that the former Californian Governor, 63, only learned that Joseph was his son recently. She believes suspicions were raised when she brought the 13-year-old over to the Schwarzenegger's home last summer after a long absence. The physical similarities between the youngster and his biological father had become too obvious to ignore, and Mildred says she thinks Maria heard whispers after people in the house noted the likeliness.
The housekeeper, who worked for the family for 20 years, reveals to Hello! that Maria, 55, did question her indirectly on the topic before finally confronting her late last year. 'She would say things like, "I'm here if you want to talk." She would ask if I needed to talk to her and I kept saying no. Finally, she asked point blank.'
Extraordinarily, Shriver even insisted that Mildred remain with the family until after the holidays, despite her offer to leave immediately.
Mildred and Joseph have been in hiding since the news went public, and are currently holed up in a hotel in Phoenix. Joseph, who bears a striking resemblance to his father, actually learned the truth a year ago, after his grandmother revealed the secret. Rather than being shaken, Mildred says that his reaction was 'Cool!'
Maria was seen out shopping in Malibu today with her son Christopher. The couple's children have rallied around both their parents during the heartbreaking time, and have written messages of support on their public Twitter profiles.