Fidel Castro – the fiery and controversial leader of the Cuban Communist Revolution – has died at the age of 90.
Who was Castro’s wife?
Castro was married at least once (the above photo is of Castro and first wife Mirta Diaz-Balart), was divorced, and, many reports say, married a second woman. He had children with both women. He was also reported to be a womanizer who sired as many as 10 children, telling one interviewer they formed a “tribe.”
Castro’s brother Raul took over the reins of power in 2008, said BBC.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Castro Married His First Wife in 1949 & They Had a Child Together
According to the UK Telegraph, Castro’s first wife was named Mirta (sometimes given as Myrta) Diaz-Balart and he had one child with her, a boy named Fidelito (or Little Fidel.) She met Castro in college, said The Independent.
According to Biography.com, Diaz-Balart “was from a wealthy political family in Cuba…The marriage exposed Castro to a wealthier lifestyle and political connections.”
She was described as “the daughter of a general, and her brother was to become one of Batista’s officers.”
The Independent called Diaz-Balart the “only woman” Castro ever married. In 2006, she returned to Cuba for the first time in 40 years to see her son and possibly Castro, who was already ill, the news site said.
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2. Castro’s Wife Married a Political Rival
The Independent says that Castro’s first wife divorced him because he cheated on her and then “married one of his sworn political enemies,” a man named Emilio Nuñez Blanco, living with him in Madrid.
Her second husband was “a supporter of the Cuban dictator Fulgenico Batista, who was later deposed by forces led by Mr. Castro,” said The Independent.
Cuban state media reported the death of Fidel Castro on November 25, although details about it were scant on November 25.
3. Castro Was Rumored to Have Secretly Married Another Woman in 1980
The Telegraph said Castro had five boys “between 1962 and 1974 with Dalia Soto del Valle, a little-seen companion whom he is said to have secretly married in 1980.”
Some biographies of Castro don’t even mention her. She was his “companion since 1961,” reports The UK Daily Mail.
4. Castro Had Children With Women He Didn’t Marry
Castro had a daughter named Alina with Natalia Revuelta, his mistress who “has been living in exile since December of 1993,” reported the blog TheRealCuba.com.
5. Castro Cheated on His Wives, a Book on His Life Reported
“The Double Life of Fidel Castro,” by Juan Reinaldo Sanchez, reported that Castro cheated on both of his wives. The book was excerpted in The New York Post.
“He cheated on the first with the very beautiful Havanan Natalia Revuelta and on the second with ‘comrade’ Celia Sanchez, his private secretary, confidante and guard dog for 30 or so years,” said The Post.
Castro had a string of mistresses who were kept from the Cuban public, The Post said.
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