The former governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger shared on social networks a series of images with one of his 5 children, Christopher, whom he congratulates for his birthday, remembering his visit to Baja California Sur.   With the famous arch of Los Cabos in the background, in the first image the 74-year-old actor is seen hugging his son, to then take a leap in time with a more recent photograph.

"Happy birthday Christopher. I love you and am proud of you every day. You are so smart and have such a big heart. Between your boxing classes, your weight lifting classes, your stretching classes, your cycling classes, and on and on, I can't even keep up with you! I can't wait to see what you accomplish this year," he wrote.

Arnold Schwarzenegger reveals which Mexican politician inspired him to become governor

Arnold Schwarzenegger revealed that Mexico's former president, Vicente Fox Quesada, inspired him to make inroads into U.S. politics, later becoming governor of the state of California. According to Schwarzenegger, he met Fox during the filming in Mexico of the film Collateral Damage; at that time, the former president was the presidential candidate of the PAN, and that year 2000 ended the hegemony of the PRI, the actor recalled during his lecture at the Citek 2019 Business Summit.

"Every night I saw how he was riding his horse, his speeches, and the things you said were so inspiring, and you were a foreigner, a businessman who started out in a truck. That was very inspiring to me and it had an effect on me to get into politics in 2003," Arnold explained.
Arnold Schwarzenegger with Vicente Fox.
Arnold Schwarzenegger with Vicente Fox. Image: Twitter

Later, Vicente Fox visited Schwarzenegger in 2006, as he was on his way to re-election in the California government; this visit served as a strong message to the Latin American electorate that allowed the former bodybuilder to win the election. "Since then we have maintained this relationship," said the protagonist of Terminator. Schwarzenegger received cowboy boots made in the city of León, Guanajuato, and a Mexican charro hat that bore his name embroidered in gold letters.

Schwarzenegger and his secret son: the happy ending to a big scandal

January 4, 2011. Maria Shriver, the American journalist, and niece of John F. Kennedy, who had met Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1977 and married him in 1986, sits her husband down with a couple's therapist and asks him directly if the son of the maid who works for them is his. The actor, a big action star in the 1980s and 1990s and California's 38th governor from 2003 to 2011, can no longer deny it. He admits it. That's the end of 25 years of marriage.

Rumors and whispers were commonplace in the house since Joseph Baena, son of Mildred Baena, a Guatemalan-born housekeeper, was born in 1997. Mildred had been working with the Schwarzeneggers at their mansion in the exclusive Pacific Palisades area of California since 1991. The adventure of Arnold (Thal, Austria, 1947) and Mildred (Guatemala, 1961) took place, according to the star in his memoirs, in 1996, when he was filming Batman & Robin.

In a twist typical of a TV melodrama, Baena became pregnant by Arnold at the same time as his wife Maria Shriver. Christopher (Maria's son) was born a week after Joseph (Mildred's son). The father is the same: Arnold. Another twist? Baena was married and, on the birth certificate, she named her husband of 10 years (Rogelio de Jesus) as Joseph's father. One more twist: only 21 days after Joseph's birth, Mildred asked Rogelio for a divorce.

Only Mildred Baena and her mother knew for years that the action superstar was Joseph's father. By 2010, the resemblance between Joseph and Arnold was already evident and grandmother and mother decided to tell the young boy (then 12 years old) that Schwarzenegger was his real father. As Baena later recounted in an exclusive with Hello! magazine in the UK, the boy's response was, "How cool!".

On October 2, 2018, Arnold Schwarzenegger's son turned 21 and his father congratulated him thus on his Instagram account. "It's been great to watch you build up your muscles and your mind." Rumors and whispers made that January 4, a day after he left the Hollywood governor's office, Maria Shriver (who, like a good Kennedy, postponed her personal drama in favor of her husband's good political image) confronted him. And the rest is the media scandal that we already know and that emerged afterward.