The woman with whom Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a son out of wedlock some 14 years ago is Mildred Patricia Baena, according to several news outlets, including ABC News.
The former California governor and actor's affair was revealed on Tuesday, May 17, more than a week after he and wife Maria Shriver, mother of his four children, announced their separation after 25 years of marriage.
Schwarzenegger confirmed his infidelity and said in a statement he had apologized to his family.
Shriver, 55, moved out of the couple's mansion near Los Angeles earlier this year, after Schwarzenegger told her he had had an affair with a household staff member who had worked for their family for some 20 years. He did not identify Baena by name. She retired in January and has not commented on the reports.
Baena, who is 50 and goes by Patty, is said to have worked in the family's home as a housekeeper and assistant for more than 20 years, ABC News reported. Photos of her appear on a MySpace page, and later, on various websites.
The birth certificate of a son she gave birth to in 1997 states that the child's father is Baena's husband. However, when she filed for divorce from her husband in 2008, she did not list any minor children in the court documents.
Schwarzenegger and Shriver, a former NBC correspondent, married on April 26, 1986. They have four children: Katherine, 21, Christina, 19, Patrick, 17 and Christopher, 13.
Baena and Schwarzenegger are seen together in a photo posted on TMZ.com on Wednesday. She is holding Christopher, who was an infant at the time, and poses with the actor, who has has arms around both of them, in front of a Christmas tree. TMZ said the picture was taken around 2000.
Shriver responded to news of the affair on Tuesday, saying in 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."
That night, she appeared at a Chicago event honoring Oprah Winfrey, whose long-running syndicated talk show is ending as she concentrates on her OWN network. The gala also featured appearances from Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Madonna and more (see photos).
The Los Angeles Times, which first reported the scandal, quoted a source close to the matter as saying that the actor had always supported his secret child financially.
"Some days you feel like (expletive), some days you want to quit and just be normal for a bit, yet i love my family till death do us apart. #family" Patrick Schwarzenegger Tweeted on Tuesday, quoting lyrics from the song "Where'd you go?" by Fort Minor, a hip hop group co-founded by Linkin Park member Mike Shinoda. The track tells of the consequences of putting your career before your family.
Katherine Schwarzenegger Tweeted: "This is definitely not easy but I appreciate your love and support as i begin to heal and move forward in life.I will always love my family!"
Schwarzenegger is best known for his roles in the "Terminator" franchise and "Kindergarten Cop." He finished his 7-year run as governor of California in January. Shriver, a member of the Kennedy political dynasty, left her job as an NBC reporter when Schwarzenegger took office.