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El Chapo's Wife Reveals She's Not Actually Married To El Chapo

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El Chapo's Wife Reveals She's Not Actually Married To El Chapo
El Chapo's Wife Reveals She's Not Actually Married To El Chapo (Alamy)

A new book has revealed that the woman El Chapo appeared to marry more than a decade ago isn't actually his wife.

The Mexican former drug lord seemingly tied the knot with former teen beauty queen Emma Coronel Aispuro in July 2007, on the day Aispuro turned 18, after splitting up with his first wife Alejandrina Salazar.

In the book Emma and the Other Narco Women, Coronel Aispuro insists that she and Chapo married - though explained they did so under 'the law of the divine'.

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El Chapo being arrested (Alamy)
El Chapo being arrested (Alamy)

As it turns out, however, Chapo never legally got divorced from his first wife, who he married in 1977. The pair share five children together and had their marriage verified as recently as last year by Anabel Hernández, a Mexican journalist and author of Emma and the Other Narco Women.

In spite of the legal issues with the situation, Chapo is said to have bribed a local priest in Sinaloa, Mexico, to conduct a religious ceremony for him and Coronel Aispuro.

In an interview with Hernandez, Coronel Aispuro recalled how she and her new 'husband' had a small celebration with their families following the ceremony, though guests have shared a different view by describing the party as 'enormous'.

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Emma Coronel Aispuro (Alamy)
Emma Coronel Aispuro (Alamy)

Attendees reportedly involved members of the country’s army, local politicians and the governor of Sinaloa, apparently actually making it a big bash to celebrate a not-so-legitimate marriage.

Coronel Aispuro, who shares 10-year-old twin daughters with Chapo, claims to have no idea what her partner did for a living, despite his face popping up on 'wanted' posters around the country.

Per the New York Post, she told the author: '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,. I was all of 18 years old after all.'

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Chapo, whose real name is Joaquín Guzmán, is currently serving a life sentence in a Colorado prison after heading up the Sinaloa drug cartel, one of Mexico's most powerful criminal organisations from the late 20th century.

Coronel Aispuro was sentenced last year to three years in prison for helping Chapo run the cartel, after having spent months in the courtroom during the former drug lord's own trial.

Now 32, Coronel Aispuro told Hernandez she is extremely devoted to El Chapo, though the author claims her appearances in the courtroom were a legal tactic aimed to make the kingpin look like a family man.

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Emily Brown

Emily Brown graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University before going on to contribute to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems. She joined UNILAD in 2018 and now works as Senior Journalist covering breaking news, trending stories and longer form features with a focus on human interest stories.

Topics: News, Crime, Drugs, Sex and Relationships, World News