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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Guatemalan Son Is Becoming A Bodybuilder And He Is Definitely A Thirst Trap

In case you missed it, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenneger has a Latino son who won the genetic jackpot and has become a steamy bodybuilder himself. The last time we heard of Joseph Baena was when he was just 14 years old and in the headlines as Schwarzenneger’s love child with his Guatemalan housekeeper. Since the discovery, both the Schwarzenneger and Baena families have been torn apart but the father-son duo seems to be bonded in their shared love for bodybuilding. 

The Guatemalan-Austrian 22-year-old is following in his biological father’s footsteps, making a name for himself in the bodybuilding community and pursuing a career in acting. Still, Schwarzenegger’s other children have yet to accept their Latino brother as their own. Meanwhile, the rest of us are accepting every muscly inch of our new Guatemalan hunk, and Baena’s Instagram account is the thirst trap that just keeps on giving.

Baena has won the social media #classicchallenge, which seeks the best Arnold Schwarzenegger look-a-like iconic bodybuilding poses, six times in a row.

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According to the Los Angeles Times breaking 2011 story, it wasn’t until Joseph started getting older that suspicions started to arise. He looked so much like Arnold. Mildred ‘Patty’ Baena worked for the Schwarzenegger family for more than 20 years. While Schwarzenegger’s wife, Maria Shriver, and their children were out of town for a weekend, the two had an affair in the Schwarzenegger’s guest house. Nine months later, Joseph was born. Just a few days before, Schwarzenegger’s wife gave birth to their son, Christopher. That means that Baena and Shriver were pregnant with Schwarzenegger’s sons at the same time in the same house without knowing it.

As Joseph started to reach his toddler years, suspicions arose. It wasn’t until Joseph was seven or eight years old that Schwarzenegger realized Joseph was his son. Still, the secret remained for another six years until the truth bubbled to the surface, resulting in divorces for both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Patty Baena.  

Schwarzenegger bought Baena a four-bedroom home in Bakersfield, California and financed Joseph’s business degree at Pepperdine University.

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Some of the best times of my life are because of this school and the people in these pictures,” Baena posted to his social media in April 2019. “I am so incredibly grateful to have the privilege to study at and graduate from such a beautiful and high caliber school. I now have my degree in business administration and with that, I believe this is only the beginning of a new road. Let’s see where it takes us!” Baena’s social media has exploded to over 130,000 followers, and we don’t think many of them are interested in his business pursuits.

Baena has called his father “the best training partner in the world.”

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Baena has no hesitation when it comes to expressing his love for his father on social media. Of course, it’s been nearly a decade since the truth was made public. “After leaving the governor’s office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago,” Schwarzenegger told the Los Angeles Times in 2011. “I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry.”

Since then, he’s taken full responsibility for Joseph and seems to have fostered a genuine father-son relationship.

Meanwhile, his mom, Patty, is living her best life and has gone on to graduate culinary school!

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In February 2008, Baena filed for divorce from her husband, Rogelio, after he confronted her about the paternity of Joseph. Rogelio later went on to sue Schwarzenegger for allegedly conspiring to falsify Joseph’s birth certificate, but it was revealed that nobody knew Schwarzenegger was the father at the time. Baena retired from her work with the Schwarzeneggers just a few months before the news broke about the love affair. She was given a severance package that has allowed her to move onto other career pursuits.

I’m so dang proud of my momma! Today she graduated culinary school and I could be happier for her as she continues to live out her dreams as a chef! ????Next stop…#TopChef #IronChef” he shared his congratulations on social media.

All we know is that Joseph Baena is making a business out of stealing hearts.

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Sure, he’s been gifted prized genetics and the financial privileges of being the son of Arnold Schwarzenegger, but it’s undeniable that Joseph Baena is putting in the work to become a prestigious athlete in his own right. Bet this body was built on chiles rellenos.

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That Grandma Who Accidentally Invited A Teen Stranger To Thanksgiving Hosted Him Again This Year Despite The Loss Of Her Husband To COVID-19

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That Grandma Who Accidentally Invited A Teen Stranger To Thanksgiving Hosted Him Again This Year Despite The Loss Of Her Husband To COVID-19

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Four years ago, the feel-good story of how a grandmother accidentally texted a stranger an invite to Thanksgiving dinner went viral. In the years since Wanda Dench (the grandmother) and Jamal Hinton (the teen stranger) have celebrated each Thanksgiving together.

This year has, despite the pandemic and terrible heartaches, been no exception.

For a fifth year, Wanda and Jamal gathered around a table for a bittersweet Thanksgiving this past Friday in Mesa, Arizona.

For their fifth Thanksgiving together, Wanda and Jamal sat down at the dinner table, this time without Wanda’s husband. Lonnie Dench, who Wanda had been married to for 43 years, passed away in April from complications induced by Covid-19. According to Wanda, he suffered from double pneumonia brought on by the virus.

“I didn’t believe I would have to go home without him,” Wanda revealed to CNN. “Even when he was in the hospital, I thought he would get better and come back to me. He was my soul mate. He was my biggest cheerleader.”

“I wasn’t looking forward to it at first because Lonnie wasn’t going to be there. The past seven months have been so difficult, but this was really important to me,” Wanda explained. “I can’t even explain how much joy I had, having good food with my favorite company. We laughed, we had a great time, we reminisced about the past. It was so good for all of us.”

Dench, her daughter, and grandson gathered together with Jamal and his girlfriend a little earlier this year. They decided on a Friday Thanksgiving celebration so that they could all receive coronavirus tests before sitting down with their own families. They wanted to avoid spreading the virus.

“At first it was sad. We had a photo of Lonnie at the table with a candlelit, and we were all shaky in the beginning but it lasted five minutes before we were back to ourselves,” Jamal told CNN. “We just told jokes and stories and shared our memories of Lonnie, so it was amazing.”

Four years ago, a misfired text brought Jamal and Wanda together.

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In 2016, Wanda who is the grandmother to six children meant to text her grandson an invite to her family’s Thanksgiving dinner. Instead, she accidentally sent a message to Jamal, who was 17 at the time. Confused that someone claiming to be his grandmother had texted him, Jamal asked for proof. Wanda replied with a selfie of herself at work. And even though she wasn’t his grandmother, Jamal asked if he could still have a plate. “Of course you can,” Wanda replied. “That’s what grandmas do … feed everyone!”

Jamal kept Wanda to her word, showed up at the family thanksgiving and the two became fast friens.

According to Jamal he and his girlfriend went on regular double dates with Wanda and Lonnie.

“It all has to do with this feeling. There’s just this connection. It feels like we’ve known each other in past lives,” Wanda explained. “There’s absolutely no generational gap between us. The conversation just flows, we never run out of things to talk about.”

Jamal explained to CNN the obvious concern of having an awkward encounter with Wanda and her family at their first Thanksgiving. The opposite was true. “Whenever we met, we would spend four or five hours, just talking and talking. It was never awkward, Wanda and Lonnie became two close best friends to me,” he said.”There’s nothing about her that is mean, or uncaring. It feels like I have told her my whole life story, and she always listens and shares her own story. She’s just the most loving person. She’s pretty much perfect.”

Their gatherings have become so important that Wanda and Jamal say they hope to never stop their tradition. Even with Lonnie gone.

“Lonnie was missing this year, and he was a big part of the Thanksgiving story and a big part of our lives, but that’s one thing Wanda and I know for sure. Lonnie would have been very angry if we didn’t have Thanksgiving together,” Jamal explained “Lonnie was never the quiet guy. Right when I walked in the door the first time I met him, he didn’t even reach out for a handshake. He just immediately pulled me in for a hug… He was the kind of guy to always bring your hopes up whenever you felt down. Losing him was losing a best friend.”

While still mourning their great loss, Wanda wants people to continue to have hope. “Just have patience,” she told CNN. “I know it isn’t easy, and everyone is frustrated and just wants to get back to normal. But we need to have hope and always care about other people.”

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Here’s How You Can Make The Most Of A Virtual, Distanced Thanksgiving

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Here’s How You Can Make The Most Of A Virtual, Distanced Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving this year is very different for families across the country. The standard family gatherings this year are giving way to safer distanced and virtual gatherings. Don’t worry. There are still ways to make this year’s Thanksgiving memorable.

This Thanksgiving is not going to be the same so make the most of it being virtual.

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This year has been a very different year. This means that the holiday season will not be the same as year past. Family gatherings are going remote and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging Americans to stay where they are through the holidays as Covid spreads in the country. Thankfully, we live in the 21st century and technology is here to bridge the physical gap this holiday season. Here’s how you can make the most of a safe and wise Thanksgiving gathering.

First, create a Zoom link and send it to everyone you want to have with you on Thanksgiving.

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You are already on Zoom all day every day thanks to working from home. We have all become used to our human interaction coming from a computer screen these days. Why should the holidays be any different? After all, it is all about keeping everyone safe so that you can all enjoy a bigger, more wonderful holiday season next year.

Next, share the recipes with everyone so everyone can make the same meal at their homes.

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This is a pretty easy one. All you have to do is get a menu together to share with everyone you’ve invited. This gives everyone a chance to eat the same meal and have the same experience no matter where they are. The CDC recommends that people only celebrate Thanksgiving with their household to try to stop the relentless spread of the virus. Make sure you include a timeline so people can time all of their work for the same time to eat at the same time. This is also the perfect time to finally get the recipe for that one dish that you’ve always wanted.

This also means beverages.

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No dinner gathering is complete without the beverages. So, if you are creating an special cocktails or seasonal drinks, include those in the recipe list. It’s not a party if people aren’t letting loose to feel the holiday spirit.

Make sure you remind everyone of the time to start. You know how our families are.

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This one is serious. We all know that one person in the family that makes everything run late. Either they are late or don’t pay attention to things and end up making everything take so much longer. You might want to tell those who are always late that the gathering is earlier than it is so they are finally on time.

If you are meeting people for Thanksgiving, take all of the necessary precautions to stay safe.

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Some people just can’t help it and need to be around people for the holidays. If you do, there are things you can do to make sure that everyone is as safe as possible. Avoid being indoors for long periods of time. It is better to hang out outside. When inside you should wear a mask the entire time. For dinner, find a way to eat outside. If it is a warmer climate for you, have a nice picnic and with everyone. Create some space to keep everyone safe and you can still have a wonderful time.

We can do this if we do it together. Have a very happy and safe Thanksgiving.

READ: Take A Tasting Tour Of Latin America This Thanksgiving With This Curated Menu

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