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Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is one of the world’s most notorious drug lords and his name is now whispered among the likes of Escobar and others.
The leader of the Sinaloa Cartel has been the subject of intense media scrutiny in recent years, particularly now that he faces a range of federal charges and the prospect of a lifetime in prison.
Well, his wife Emma Coronel Aispuro has entered the action and in a rare 30-minute interview she shared her view on the whole ordeal. Sitting down with Telemundo, she supported her husband’s plea of “not guilty” to all charges, saying that she had never seen her husband do anything illegal.
The 29-year-old beauty queen married El Chapo 11 years ago when she was just 18 years old. She says that in this time her husband has simply been a “humble” family man with the best interests of his family at east.
Explaining the effects of recent media exposure, she said:
“Sometimes I feel the media has overexposed him. I feel people created an image of him, and they want that image to remain in the public’s consciousness. It’s the image that sells. So when someone says he’s a humble and simple man, they don’t like to hear that.”
Despite the fact she believes the media has played a central role in vilifying her husband, she also admitted that her husband appears to enjoy the media attention.
She also believes that the media exposure is a great way for El Chapo to clear his name:
“[…] Everything can be clearer and everyone can see what really happens,” she said. “That’s what he really wants. For everyone to realize how things really are and see it all from another perspective. More than anything, I think that’s what he wants. Just tell it like it is.”
The world of entertainment is currently transfixed by drug lords, with a show dedicated to El Chapo already available on Netflix. This comes after the incredible success of Narcos, which also recently made its way to North America with a focus on Mexico.