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Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to financially support his son after he finished college
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Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to financially support his son after he finished college

"You're on your own"

Arnold Schwarzenegger's son Joseph Baena has spoken out about his dad's decision to not help him fund his life after college.

Joseph is the son of Arnold Schwarzenneger and Mildred Baena - Mildred previously the Schwarzenegger family's housekeeper.

Arnold had an affair with Joseph's mom during his marriage to Maria Shriver and in his Netflix documentary released earlier this year, the actor reflected on lying about the affair - and Joseph - as well as making everyone in his family 'suffer'.

Arnold later helped fund Joseph through college, however, the 26-year-old reveals his dad stopped financially supporting him after he graduated. And Joseph has since opened up on how it affected him.

Joseph first started properly getting to know his dad in 2010 and since college, has been following in Arnold's footsteps into the world of acting and bodybuilding.

However, appearing on Unwaxed Podcast, Joseph revealed he went down quite a different career path immediately after leaving college so to financially support himself after Arnold cut his funds.

He said on the podcast, as quoted by Essential Sports: "I’m really grateful that my dad helped me get through college.

"But right when college was done, it was just like, 'You go. You’re on your own.' I was like, 'Oh, s**t'."

Joseph continued: "So yeah, I needed a job, and I was not getting any of the acting roles that I thought I was going to get, and like starting to get paid.

Joseph Baena's dad is Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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"I was like, 'I need to do something', so I started interning at this real estate company."

Arnie's son took up a gig at Los Angeles realty firm ARIA Properties and he actually enjoyed it more than he first thought he would.

"I went in there. I was like, 'I want to just learn as much as possible while making some kind of income'," he said. "And then I enjoyed it and was like, 'Oh, I think I can do this pretty well'. So, I got my licence."

Joseph first found out Arnold was his dad when he was in high school.

In an interview with Men's Health, he noted he 'remember[s] the day very vividly'.

Joseph's mom used to be the Schwarzenegger's housekeeper.
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He recalls: "I was in the eighth grade. Fifth or sixth period. And I get called out of class to leave. And my mom's there, and she's like, 'We gotta go – everyone is finding out about you and who your father is.'"

Despite the drama and Arnold no longer helping fund his life, that's not why Joseph hasn't decided to take the Schwarzenegger name.

He told Inside Edition: "Well I already have a last name, and I don't have a problem with my last name.

"I like my last name."

Topics: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Celebrity, Parenting, Money, US News, Education