Who is Pele’s wife? Marcia Cibele Aoki doesn’t have any children with late football legend
Update: Pele had been in and out of the hospital in recent months after a tumor was found on his colon. Sadly, on Thursday, Dec 29, his daughter announced that the football legend has died.
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL: Legendary Brazil footballer Pele celebrated his Christmas with the family gathered around him at Sao Paulo's Albert Einstein hospital. He was transferred to the hospital on November 29 following a respiratory infection and for “re-evaluation of the chemotherapy treatment for colon cancer which was diagnosed in September 2021,” according to an official statement.
Tracing back to the former football player's personal life, he has admitted to having several affairs and has married three times, fathering many children. At present, the player is happily married to Marcia Cibele Aoki. However, she is currently going through a rough time as Pele is been moved to the hospital's palliative end-of-life care.
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Who is Marcia Cibele Aoki?
Marcia Cibele Aoki, wife of Pele was born to parents Paulo Aoki and Isaura Aoki and has a brother named Carlos Alberto Aoki. She was born in Sao, Paulo Brazil, and is of Japanese descent. Before moving to high school for her bachelor's degree, she went to a local school in Brazil. Aoki then set foot in the medical supplies sector by starting a business venture, reports The Sun.
Pele and Aoki reportedly met at a New York Party in the 1980s but it was only in 2010 that rumors about their relationship started surfacing and later they were often spotted together. However, they officially revealed their relationship only in 2016 when the pair announced their marriage. Currently, Aoki is Pele's third wife and the couple does not have any children together.
Who are Pele's ex-wives Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi and Assiria Nascimento?
The 80-year-old footballer revealed that he had multiple affairs in his Netflix documentary called 'Pele' released on 23 February 2021. The documentary talks about his rise to becoming the 'King of Football', and also discussed his personal life where Pele opened up that he did not know how many children he had.
From his first two marriages to Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi and Assíria Nascimento aka Assiria Seixas Lemos, he has five children named Kelly, 54, Edinho, 50, Jennifer, 42 with Cholbi, and twins Joshua and Celeste, 24 with Lemos. “In all honesty, I’ve had a few affairs, some of which resulted in children, but I’ve only learned about them later,” he said claiming that his wives knew about his affairs.
The legend was first married to Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi, and Cholbi was aware of the fact that he was not loyal to her. “My first wife, the first girlfriend, knew about it. I never lied,” he said.
The pair got married in February 1966, when he was 25. Pele and Cholbi had known each other for many years and the player said that he believed he was not ready to wed her. “I married her because I met her when I was too young. I liked her a lot. But that passion when you are madly in love — we didn’t have any of that.”
The couple who had three children together, separated in 1982 following his rumored relationship with Brazilian model Maria da Graca Xuxa, according to The Sun.
Around 12 years later, Pele got married to the gospel singer Assiria Seixas Lemos in April 1994. The couple whose marriage ended in divorce on 28 September 2008 had twins Joshua and Celeste, who were born through fertility treatments.
Later, at the age of 73, the footballer married the then-41-year-old Marcia Aoki in July 2016.