Who is Pablo Escobar’s wife?
Maria Victoria Henao (her birth name) was the wife of the infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar. Such is the magnitude of Escobar’s fame that a lot of people who do not even follow him know at least some bits and pieces of his life. The Netflix TV series Narcos took Escobar’s popularity to whole new level and a lot of people started admiring Pablo for his down to earth personality and his way of living which in a sense was ‘larger than life‘.
Married life of Pablo Escobar and his wife Maria
Maria Victoria Henao was a 15 year old bride when she married Pablo Escobar who was her 26 year old handsome groom. This makes her age around 60 years now. Such is the hypocrisy of the world we live in that her family objected the marriage at first despite Maria’s brother assisting Escobar in small-scale criminal ventures in the past. Her family thought Pablo was socially inferior to them and thus discouraged the relationship. But the Escobar we know fights for what he wants and the pair soon eloped.
The couple were soon blessed with two children, a son named Juan Pablo (who later changed his name to Sebastián Marroquín) and a daughter named Manuela Escobar. Her son revealed that Maria loved Escobar “because of his naughty smile [and] the way he looked at [her]. [He] was affectionate and sweet. A great lover. I fell in love with his desire to help people and his compassion for their hardship. We [would] drive to places where he dreamed of building schools for the poor. From [the] beginning, he was always a gentleman.”
Pablo Escobar was a charming man and it is natural a lot of women fell for him. The list also included journalist Virginia Vallejo who was quite a sensation during her prime years. She published a memoir titled Loving Pablo Hating Escobar (Amando a Pablo: Odiando a Escobar in Spanish) in which she decribed her affair with the ‘King of Cocaine’.
Pablo and Maria remained man and wife until Pablo’s game of cat and mouse with the D.E.A ended with his death in 1996.
Things you should know about Pablo Escobar’s wife Maria
She is referred by the name Tata in the series which aligns with her nickname in her real life. ‘Tata’ certainly gives justice to her sweet behaviors and her gentle nature.
Where is she now?
After her husband’s death, she fled Colombia as it was a risky place for her to live. She also changed her name to Victoria Henao Vallejos to elude the agencies searching for her. Maria was arrested with her son for the suspicion of money laundering. They were trying to seek asylum in Germany at first but settled in Argentina.
It was hard for Maria to remain in Argentina, especially after a local television show revealed their presence in the country. She and her son were presented before the judge but were not officially charged. She felt she was getting undone by the justice system and being made a scapegoat by the Argentine government for their failure in their war against drug cartels.
Henao told the press: “I am a prisoner in Argentina for being Colombian. They want to try the ghost of Pablo Escobar because they want to prove that Argentina is combatting drug trafficking.”
Is she alive?
Pablo Escobar’s wife has managed to live a solitary life away from all the attention and it’s hard to exactly point out where she is today. As a matter of fact, It’s really hard to dig any kind of information about her. But her death would surely not have gone unnoticed. So we can assume she is alive and breathing for now.