El Chapo's wife flaunts extravagant, luxurious lifestyle on social media as he gets ready to face trial on 17 charges
Emma Coronel Aispuro, who El Chapo married when she was just 18-years-old in 2007, is enjoying his endless wealth as he readies to face a life behind bars.
Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, considered by many to be the "most powerful drug trafficker in the world" and given the nickname of "the godfather of the drug world," was captured for a second time by Mexican marines and Federal Police following a shootout in 2016. His escape from prison had lasted for all of five months, though this time around, he was extradited to the United States, where is awaiting trial on a plethora of charges stemming from his time as the leader of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel.
But while El Chapo faces the prospect of spending the rest of his life behind prison bars, his wife is enjoying an extravagant, opulent lifestyle outside punctuated by trips to exotic destinations, over-the-top parties, and expensive, designer clothing and handbags.
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Emma Coronel Aispuro married El Chapo when she was just 18-years-old in 2007 and is the daughter of one of his top deputies, Inés Coronel Barreras, in Canelas, Durango. The mother to their twin daughters, Maria Joaquina and Emali Guadalupe, Coronel is a former teenage beauty queen who is now very much enjoying her husband's wealth.
El Chapo wooed Coronel by flooding her town with hundreds of armed men and publicly announcing his intentions to marry her. Speaking about her relationship with the drug lord, she said during her 2016 Telemundo Special, "I would say what won me over was his way of talking, how he treated me, the way we began to get along -- first as friends and from that came everything else. He tends to win over people by his manner of being, of acting, the way he treats people in general."
In photos that she has posted to her Instagram page in recent times, one showcases her striding across a beach in a bikini with the caption, " To know who you are, you have to know where you're from and then where you're going." Another recent one shows her posing alongside her twin daughters, who were each shown brandishing designer handbags.
But, according to the Daily Mail, it's the lavish, elaborate, Barbie-themed seventh birthday party that she recently threw for Maria and Emali that has the public seething. In a photo uploaded with the caption, "My princess's birthdays," she can be seen posing in front of a pink play castle, as well as numerous Barbie paraphernalia.
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In a video of the party location, Coronel shows off huge arches made of pink balloons, a ballroom with a chandelier redesigned as a giant pink Barbie Dreamhouse and pink cakes, candy, as well as a large Barbie neon sign. Her spending has not gone unnoticed amongst Mexicans, who have accused the now-29-year-old of spending her husband's 'blood money' for the luxuries. It has caught the attention of Federal officials as well, with a retired DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) agent telling the New York Post, "The whole story is surreal. She goes around and flaunts her wealth and lifestyle in front of everyone's face."
Coronel is American-born and was born near San Francisco, California. Maria and Emali were also born inside the United States, in Los Angeles County Hospital, in California, though they live in their father's home state of Sinaloa.
El Chapo has been charged with 17 crimes, with the jury selection for his trial set to begin on November 5. The case is expected to last over four months.