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Arnold Schwarzenegger's 5 Children: Insights Into His Sons and Daughters

by Tasha Mayberry


Arnold Schwarzenegger is a devoted father to five children. The iconic “Terminator” star and former Governor of California shares four children with his ex-wife Maria Shriver: daughters Katherine, 34, and Christina, 31, along with sons Patrick, 30, and Christopher, 26. In 2011, Schwarzenegger made a public announcement that he had fathered another son, Joseph Baena, 26, with his longtime housekeeper, Mildred Patricia Baena. The revelation came to light shortly before Shriver filed for divorce after 25 years of marriage.

In a joint statement during their separation, Shriver and Schwarzenegger expressed their commitment to co-parenting: “We are continuing to parent our four children together. They are the light and center of both of our lives.”

Schwarzenegger discussed the family situation on “The Howard Stern Show” in 2015, describing it as “a very tough situation for my kids, very tough situation for my family. It was tough for everybody. But it has happened and now we have to figure it out, right?” He noted that his relationships with all his children are “fantastic, including my fifth child with Mildred.” He praised Joseph as “terrific” and acknowledged that “he totally understands the situation. So, it all has worked out.”Now a grandfather of two, Schwarzenegger enjoys the joys of grandparenting. His daughter Katherine has two daughters, Lyla Maria and Eloise Christina. Schwarzenegger shared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” how fulfilling it is to be a grandfather, playfully noting, “They come over to the house, you play with Lyla for around an hour or two, put her on the horse, put her with the dog. And after two hours, they leave. It’s fantastic! I have a great time when they come over to the house.”Here is more about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s five children.

Katherine Eunice Schwarzenegger Pratt, 34

Katherine, the eldest child of Schwarzenegger and Shriver, was born on December 13, 1989, in Los Angeles. Her middle name is a tribute to her maternal grandmother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Despite her political lineage, Katherine has steered clear of politics, stating in a 2016 interview, “Absolutely not, politics is not my thing.” She found her passion in writing, becoming a New York Times best-selling author at 21 with her debut book, “Rock What You’ve Got.” She continued her writing career with titles aimed at assisting young adults and advocating for animal rights. Schwarzenegger proudly spoke of Katherine’s achievements on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in February 2022, expressing immense pride in her accomplishments.

Christina Maria Aurelia Schwarzenegger, 31

Christina, born on July 23, 1991, in Los Angeles, pursued an academic path similar to her mother’s, graduating from Georgetown University in 2013. She later delved into interior architecture at Parsons School of Design and contributed to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop as an editor. An advocate for inclusion and diversity, Christina has been actively involved with the Special Olympics and co-executive produced the Netflix documentary “Take Your Pills,” which discusses the challenges of Adderall addiction and societal pressures.

Patrick Arnold Shriver Schwarzenegger, 30

Born on September 18, 1993, in Los Angeles, Patrick Schwarzenegger is the third child of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. He has carved out his own path in Hollywood as an actor and model, marking his presence with roles in films like Netflix’s “Moxie” (2021) and HBO Max’s true crime series “The Staircase” (2022). Reflecting on his career choice, Patrick shared with “Today” in 2020, “Both my parents are proud of me. It’s pretty surreal ’cause I remember growing up and going to set with [my dad] and it was like my favorite activity.”

Christopher Sargent Shriver Schwarzenegger, 26

The youngest of Arnold and Maria’s children, Christopher Schwarzenegger, was born on September 27, 1997, in Los Angeles. Unlike his siblings, he has maintained a more private life. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2020, a ceremony held online due to the pandemic. Arnold celebrated this milestone by sharing a photoshopped image of Christopher in graduation attire on Instagram, expressing immense pride in his son’s achievements beyond academic success, highlighting his compassion, vision, and selflessness.

Joseph Baena, 26

Joseph Baena, born on October 2, 1997, is the son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mildred Patricia Baena, Arnold’s former housekeeper. Joseph’s parentage was kept private during his early years until his striking resemblance to Arnold became undeniable. Arnold addressed his relationship with Joseph and the circumstances of his birth in his Netflix docuseries “Arnold,” which premiered in June 2023. Despite acknowledging his “major failure” in fidelity, Arnold has embraced Joseph as a beloved son, proud of the man he has become. Joseph and Arnold have developed a strong bond, particularly in bodybuilding, with Joseph often referring to his father as the “best training partner in the world.” Arnold’s affection for Joseph is evident in his public celebrations, such as a heartfelt birthday post on Twitter in 2021, where he shared moments of them enjoying various activities together and commended Joseph’s successes in the gym, real estate, and acting.