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DANCING With The Stars welcomed Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son, Joseph Baena, into the spotlight in August 2022.

Baena appeared on September 19, 2022 in the first episode of DWTS’s 31st season.

Joseph Baena is the son of Arnold Schwarzenegger


Joseph Baena is the son of Arnold SchwarzeneggerCredit: Instagram/ Joseph Baena

Who is Joseph Baena?

Joseph Baena, 24, had no idea he was the son of The Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, until he was 13.

His mother is Mildred Patricia Baena was working as a housekeeper at Schwarzenegger’s house when she had an affair with him in 1997.

The actor was still married to Maria Shriver at the time, and after realizing she was pregnant, Mildred left Schwarzenegger’s home to keep the connection between her son and his father a secret.

Baena grew up in a Guatemalan household in Bakersfield, California, about 100 miles north of Los Angeles.

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“It was a humble home and we didn’t have much,” Baena told Men’s Health.

He learned to speak Spanish and explored his Guatemalan heritage through cooking, learning about the culture and music.

“It’s a big part of me,” he said. “My mother’s whole side is Guatemalan; We have many Colombian families. Almost everyone on this site is Latino.”

Baena didn’t know who his father was until he was 13, when he started to resemble Schwarzenegger so much that the truth was impossible to ignore.

The media learned of the connection between Baena and his famous father in 2011, and Baena told the outlet, “I remember the day very vividly.

“I was in eighth grade. Fifth or sixth period. And I’m called out of class to leave. And my mom’s there and she’s like, ‘We have to go — everyone’s finding out what you are and who your dad is.’”

He continued, speaking of that day: “I’m 13. Your body is changing; your mind changes. And now my life has changed before my eyes.”

When did Arnold Schwarzenegger learn about Joseph Baena?

Schwarzenegger reportedly found out about his son when Baena was 8 years old and Shriver became suspicious.

She confronted Schwarzenegger during a therapy session, an event he wrote about in his book Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story.

“The moment we sat down, the therapist turned to me and said, ‘Maria wanted to come over here today and ask about a child — have you had a child with your housekeeper, Mildred,'” Schwarzenegger wrote.

He continued, “I said to the therapist, ‘It’s true.'”

After the news broke, Schwarzenegger apologized to Shriver and her children.

He said he was “really sorry” about what happened, and in 2012 he told People, “They were crying. It rips your heart out.”

But he added: “The most important thing for everyone to know is that I care [Baena] and I take care of [Mildred]. And I take my responsibility seriously and I like doing that.”

Looking back on his actions, Schwarzenegger says: “If you asked me 10 years ago, five years ago, two years ago what is the most important thing in my life, I would tell you again and again, it’s my marriage. it’s my family What really meant the most to me fell apart because of my actions. I’ll always look back on that and say, ‘How could you do that?’ ”

The affair was kept at rock bottom until 2011 when the Los Angeles Times exposed the story.

Schwarzenegger and Shriver divorced in 2011, with many believing the cause of the breakup was infidelity.

For the past decade, Baena and Schwarzenegger have worked to develop a relationship that blossomed when Baena became interested in bodybuilding.

When Baena went to his father for advice, Schwarzenegger gave him The Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding, a book he co-authored intended to help Baena train.

“Even though I could call him anytime, I was too proud,” Baena told Men’s Health. “I went straight to the book. I wanted to find out for myself.”

After learning the basics, Baena reached out to him again for tips on building his shoulder muscles, and when he turned 18, Schwarzenegger began training with him.

“I was so nervous,” Baena said, adding, “I was paying attention and trying to see what he was doing and how he was acting.

Schwarzenegger taught him how to do dumbbell curls properly, how to squat deeper, and how the burning sensation in his muscles signified growth.

“I’ve been able to adopt a bodybuilding mentality — that I can shape my body any way I want,” he said.

Baena added that one of the things his father taught him is, “It’s about pushing your limits and going that extra mile, getting those extra reps and half reps until you basically die.” “

Though bodybuilding has given Baena and Schwarzenegger a chance to bond, he said it’s not what defines his happiness and life.

“There are so many other things that are more important to me than fitness,” he told the outlet.

“My lifestyle, my family, my friends, fun at work. There is a balance. It’s not always just fitness.”

“It took me a bit to realize that I don’t have to do what my dad did,” he added.

“I don’t have to do acting or bodybuilding. I am very motivated and driven. I am happy about my relationship with my father.

“But I’m happier that I find joy in what I do and that I’m doing exactly what I’ve always dreamed of doing.”

Joseph Baena is a bodybuilder and performs on DWTS


Joseph Baena is a bodybuilder and performs on DWTSPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

Is Joseph Baena on Dancing With The Stars?

Baena appeared on Season 31 of Dancing With The Stars on September 19, 2022 alongside his dance partner Daniella Karagach.

He confirmed the news that he would be joining DWTS, first on Instagram with a photo of him and Karagakh, writing, “Pump up the volume or pump up the ballroom!”

However, in an interview with E! News ahead of the season premiere that the training sessions had been more difficult than he expected.

“So far I’m feeling really heavy,” Baena told the outlet. “It’s not the best feeling. I usually feel pretty light with 300 pounds on my back. It’s not that bad. But running around, jumping, it’s a lot!”

Karagakh told this outlet “[Baena’s] worked so hard Obviously it’s not easy for him or anyone here will find it easy. As long as you work hard and strive to be better the next day, I think you’ll be fine.”

Despite the difficult learning curve, Baena said he’s still confident about the competition.

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He said: “I’m up for the challenge and I have the best coach here. We’re going to kill him.”

Dancing With The Stars airs every Monday at 8 p.m. EST on ABC, and viewers can also stream the show on Disney+.

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