El Chapo’s wife, former teen beauty queen Emma Coronel Aispuro, is not actually his wife at all, it seems.
Although they wed on her 18th birthday in July 2007, to this day the imprisoned drug-cartel leader remains legally tied to his first wife, a social worker he married in 1977.
In the new book “Emma and the Other Narco Women” (Grijalbo Publishing), out Jan. 25, Coronel Aispuro insists to author Anabel Hernández that she and El Chapo were married under “the law of the divine.”
But the 64-year-old kingpin — real name: Joaquín Guzmán Loera — is still wed to Alejandrina Salazar, with whom he has five children. Hernandez, a Mexican journalist, verified their marriage as recently as last year.
That didn’t stop El Chapo from bribing a local priest in Sinaloa, Mexico, to conduct a religious ceremony for him and Coronel Aispuro, now 32.
The “bride” told Hernandez that they had a small celebration afterward with their families in attendance. But guests at the wedding called the party — attended by members of the country’s army, as well as local politicians and the governor of Sinaloa — “enormous.”
During their courtship, Coronel Aispuro, who is the mother of 10-year-old twin daughters with El Chapo, claimed she had no idea what her beau did for a living — even though he was a fugitive with his face on wanted posters across the country.
“It’s only after it came out in the news that we had gotten married that I started to figure out what was going on with him, although I didn’t really give it that much importance,” Coronel Aispuro told Hernandez about discovering that her new husband was one of the world’s most wanted criminals. “I was all of 18 years old after all.”
The drug lord also had nine children with different mothers, including Griselda Guadalupe López Pérez, who is often reported to be his second “wife.” The women were all older than Coronel Aispuro and wanted nothing to do with her, writes Hernandez.
Coronel Aispuro, who was sentenced to three years in prison last year for helping her husband run the cartel, told Hernandez that she is extremely devoted to El Chapo. For months during her husband’s trial in Brooklyn federal court, thee leggy brunette sat in the courtroom everyday.
But the devotion was a legal tactic ordered by his team of attorneys to make the brutal drug lord appear like a committed family man and less like a murderous thug, according to Hernandez.
El Chapo is serving a life sentence at a maximum security prison in Colorado.
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