Speaking on US talk show ’60 Minutes’, the actor said his father took an aggressive approach and “ran after me with a belt and beat me”, whereas his mother took him to visit a doctor because she was so worried.
He joked: “I don’t know if mum thought I was gay, or if she just thought there was something off. And ‘let’s catch it early’.
“She asked the doctor, ‘Can you help me? I don’t know if there’s something wrong with my son because his wall is full of naked men.
“All of Arnold’s friends have pictures of girls above their bed. And Arnold has no girls’.”
The revelations come as the former Californian Governor begins a publicity tour for his autobiography Total Recall.