Maria Victoria Henao tied the knot with the cocaine king Pablo Escobar and her relationship long lasted for 17 years. Her fidelity with his husband is well documented as she stayed by his side throughout his life. But after the assassination of Escobar in a hail of bullets by Columbian Police forces in 1993, she tried to leave the criminal legacy of the life of her husband behind her, with some effort and strive.
Marriage with Pablo Escobar
Maria was at her tender age of 13 when met him first time with Pablo and he was 11 years older than her. But the love flourished between the duo over the next two years. The huge age gap and lower social status of Escobar family compelled her parents insisting Henao end her relationship with Escobar. But the couple eloped and got married against the wish of Maria’s parents. She was 15 years old teenager while Pablo was 26 when they both tied the knot. Later, Pablo became the richest and powerful drug lord around the world.
Henao lived a lavish life with Escobar due to his hugely profitable drugs business. Although, it also brought a risk to her life as she was the wife of the world’s biggest cocaine lord. When she was 16 years old, she gave birth to her first child and it was a son. Her daughter Manuela came into this world in 1984. But the Escobar family rarely enjoy the lifestyle that Escobar’s fortune allowed due to his criminal activities. Pablo’s inflexible and fierce nature was in direct divergence to his qualities as a father, he thought to be a family man. But he did embark on many extramarital affairs during his marriage to Maria. But in turn, she accepted his infidelity without complaint and supported him till his death.
Her life as the widow of Pablo Escobar:
Maria Victoria Henao scared as she thought she would be under the radar of the enemies of her husband and police forces. So, she sought shelter around the world and moved to Mozambique, South Africa, Brazil, South America and eventually she settled in Argentina with her children in 1994 where she changed her identity and lived a quiet life out of the public eye. She invested some money in real estate business but after 5 years local TV show tracked her down in Argentina in 1999. She was arrested with her son with the charges of drug-trafficking, fake identity and money laundering. She faced 18 months jail time but she released from jail in 2001 as the authorities could not prove her involvement in any criminal activities. Since then, she has disappeared into a secret and low-key life in Buenos Aires Argentina.
Maria Victoria Henao did not marry again after the death of her husband Pablo Escobar and preferred to live a quiet life away from the public eye since 2001. She is not active on social media unlike her son Sebastián Marroquín.