Monica Pretelini

Wed May 20 2020
By   Bibek

Monica Pretelini, Late wife of 57th Mexican President, Enrique Pena Nieto passed away in 2007. The couple was married for almost fourteen years before death part their ways.

How was their married life? Not much information about their wedding is available in the public domain, unlike Enrique's second marriage. Want to know more about it? Then read along.

Till Death Do Us Apart!

Monica born in 1963, walked down the wedding aisle in 1993 with now-former Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. There are not many details regarding the matrimony yet.

Enrique Pena Nieto with Monica Pretelini at their wedding day
Image: Monica Pretelini and Enrique Pena Nieto 
Source: Pinterest

Pretelini, however, passed away on January 11, 2007. As per reports, the cause of death is reported as an epileptic seizure but his political rivals questioned. Some other detractors also questioned her death after some media suggested she had suffered a drug overdose.

Monica Became Mom to Three Children

From her marriage with Enrique, Pretelini gave birth to three children, one son, and two daughters. The couple became parents to Paulina, Alejandro, and Nicole.

Enrique with his daughter Paulina
Picture: Enrique Pena Nieto with his daughter Paulina 
Source: Erizos

Besides this, Enrique also became father to two children from an extra-marital affair. Outside of his marriage, Enrique had an affair with Maritza Diaz Hernandez with whom he shares a son. 

Not just that, apart from Maritza he also had another affair with a woman whose identity is not disclosed. With an undisclosed woman as well, he shares a kid but the child died as an infant.

Enrique's Lavish Wedding with Angelica Rivera

The 57th Mexican President lived a real-life soap opera after tying the wedding knot with Televisa soap opera actress Angelica Rivera. In 2008, the former Mexican president and his now ex-wife started a relationship.

Angelica Rivera with Enrique Pena Nieto at their lavish wedding in 2011
Frame: Angelica Rivera and Enrique Pena Nieto 
Source: The Washington Post

Enrique hired Angelica to help him publicize his political campaign in 2008 where the duo fell for each other. After dating for some time, the former duo tied the knot in November 2011. But this marriage could not sustain for life as they announced their divorce on February 8, 2019.

Was there any Foul Play?

In a report published in The Guardian in 2016, it suggested in irregularities during the annulment of Angelica's previous marriage. Rivera was previously married to TV producer Jose Alberto Castro from 2004 to 2008. The report accused the Catholic church of Mexico of bending its own rules on marriage.

The church in Mexico did not recognize Rivera's first marriage citing that the wedding took place on a beach instead of a church. She has three children with Jose Castro. However, the revealed documents shed some doubts on the church allegation after it showed that the matrimony took place in a church ceremony in Mexico City on December 2, 2004.

Father Robert Coogan said that the annulment process is cumbersome and can take years to complete. Gonzalez Torres, furthermore, wrote, 

"Even more worrying to me is that the President of the Mexican bishops' conference accompanied these people, vouching for their upcoming church wedding, when the annulment of Angelica Rivera's first marriage was done fast-track hastily and was full of irregularities."

Father Hugo Valdemar, however, denied such irregularities and said the annulment followed the proper process. He, moreover, also denied any political motives for granting the annulment. 


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