In today’s crazy world, it can be hard to tell what’s real news and what’s just the start up of your new favorite Netflix show to binge watch on Sunday afternoon. It’s pretty funny how the circus that has been the manhunt and multiple captures of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has paralleled to the true-story of Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar, displayed on the new Netflix series, “Narcos”. We'll tack on one more big development to the El Chapo story: his 3rd wife, Emma Coronel’s first public interview since his latest arrest a few months ago. Being 32 years her senior, El Chapo beat Tyga to the trend of dating scarily young, by meeting Emma when she was just 17 and marrying her when she turned 18 (she’s now 26). Coronel really gave a heart-felt interview for her rapper-loved boyfriend, stating that his living conditions are not only subpar but unhealthy.
Coronel states, “They want to make him pay for his escape. They say that they are not punishing him. Of course they are. They are there with him, watching him in his cell … all day long, calling attendance. They don’t let him sleep. He has no privacy, not even to go to the bathroom…. Anything evil that happens in whatever part of the world is [blamed on] El Chapo … he is not the most powerful capo in the world … but the [Mexican] government made him the most wanted capo in the world perhaps to hide more important things….. He’s not violent, he’s not rude, I’ve never seen him say a bad word to anyone,” she concludes.
Well, given that this clearly modest and middle-tier drug lord trafficked almost 2 million pounds of cocaine into the U.S. alone over the past decade, we might want to assume that he’s pretty damn powerful. When it comes to the whole violent part, even Escobar didn’t blow people’s heads off in front of his own family (at least, that’s what Netflix portrayed). So what do you think? Is the former Mexican beauty queen telling the truth about her mile-mannered coke kingpin of a husband, or is there a lot more to El Chapo than what she sees at home? We’re just waiting on the edge of our seats to figure out just how much money he’s spent bribing his way out of jail. If you can speak Spanish and want to watch a snippet of the interview, you can do that on Noticias Telemundo’s YouTube channel here.