When the press revealed Arnold Schwarzenegger had a love child out of wedlock in the 1990s, while married to his ex-wife Maria Shriver, people went berserk. But the crazy part was that he was having an affair with a woman who worked in their household: Mildred Patricia “Patty” Baena.
Schwarzenegger confessed his past misdeeds to Shriver after she confronted him, and confirmed with Baena that her husband was the child’s father. Baena and Shriver were also pregnant at the same time.
Shriver filed for divorce in 2011, and Schwarzenegger took financial responsibility for the child, Joseph Baena. In 2010, he bought a home for Patty and Joseph. And it appears that, since finding out the child’s paternity, the Terminator star has made an effort to be in his life.
Now that Joseph Baena is 21 years old, he’s starting a life of his own. And part of that life is sharing it with Nicky Dodaj. But who is Nicky Dodaj? Here are four things to know about Joseph Baena’s girlfriend, including how they met and what it’s like dating the son of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
1. They met in college.
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While attending Pepperdine University in Malibu, the two must have hit it off and have been together ever since. Both graduated in spring 2019, and Nicky received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management.
2. She’s a financial planner.
Since May 2018, one year before graduating, she’s worked as a financial planning intern at Midwest Financial Partners in Los Angeles. Her role lists her duties as “Work directly under CEO with numerous duties such as: creating expense sheets for 2017 & 2018, sitting in on numerous teleconference calls and in-person meetings, researching on consumer staple stocks, Asian markets, migrating client information onto financial planning software called E-Money, managing LinkedIn account and created connections, creating and managing instagram accounts for Midwest.”
Nicky is also a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.
3. They’ve been spotted out and about.
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These two are no strangers to showing off their adoration for one another. Most recently, the couple were seen taking a walk through West Hollywood, talking and smiling. They even matched, wearing black shirts, sneakers, and snapbacks!
Back in June, they were seen leaving Bootsy Bellows in LA while holding hands, and also spend the Fourth of July together at an exclusive party at Nobu in Malibu, where they partied with the Hadid sisters. It seems the two are very much in love.
4. She really appreciates his physique.
Joseph is training to become a bodybuilder, and Arnold couldn’t be more proud. He told Extra, “Yeah, yeah, he is very serious about this whole thing. He wants to compete in one of the classic physique competitions. He’s training very hard. I’m a big believer in also training for strength. I put it on 455 and he did two reps. I saw him do one and I was like, ‘Go for the second one, Joseph.’ He’s very serious about it and I’m very happy about it because I said to him, ‘It’s important to take care of your body, train hard, if you’re passionate about that.”
Joseph has also posted pictures and videos on Instagram focusing on his leg workouts. Recently, he posted a picture of himself with the caption “Gotta love a good leg pump!!!” Noticeably, his legs are pretty darn muscular, and Nicky wanted the world to know. She commented, “thicker than a bowl of oatmeal !!!!”
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