By ASTRID SUÁREZ, Associated Press
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — For decades, acclaimed Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez kept the public from knowing an intimate aspect of his life: He had a daughter with a Mexican writer, with whom he had an extramarital affair in early 1990s.
The well-kept secret was published by Colombian newspaper El Universal on Sunday and confirmed to The Associated Press by two relatives of the Nobel Prize-winning author, famous for novels like One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera .
Márquez died in Mexico City in 2014, where thousands of his readers lined up to see his coffin at a concert hall. He was married for over five decades to Mercedes Barcha and the couple had two children named Rodrigo and Gonzalo. They have lived in Mexico City for much of their lives.
El Universal said that in the early 1990s Márquez had a daughter with Susana Cato, a writer and journalist who worked with Márquez on two film scripts and also interviewed him for a magazine article in 1996. Cato and Marquez named their daughter Indira: she is now in her 30s and uses her mother’s last name.
Shani García Márquez, one of the writer’s nieces, told the AP that she had known her cousin Indira for years, but had not mentioned her to the media because her parents always asked her about it. to be discreet about his uncle’s personal life.
Gabriel Eligio Torres García, who is also a nephew of the Colombian writer, said he had been in contact with Indira Cato through social media, although he never met her in person.
“My cousins Rodrigo and Gonzalo casually told me about her in a meeting,” he said.
Other members of García Márquez’s family, quoted by El Universal, said they had not spoken about the writer’s daughter before out of “respect” for Mercedes Barcha who died in August 2020. Torres García said that Indira Cato’s mother, Susana, had also been discreet. on her daughter’s line, to keep her out of the media spotlight.
Indira Cato is now a documentary producer in Mexico City. She won several awards for a 2014 documentary about migrants passing through Mexico.
“She leads a very artistic life, like many people in this family,” said Shani García. “It makes us very happy that she shined on her own.”
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