The world-famous, Nobel prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez had a secret love child in Mexico, it has been claimed.
The legendary Colombian author, widely regarded as one of the greatest writers of all time, who authored classics such as One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1981) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985), is alleged to have fathered a child in Mexico sometime before his death in 2014 at the age of 87.
Since his funeral in 2014, there had reportedly been multiple rumours that the Colombian author had fathered a child in Mexico, and for some, it was reportedly an ‘open secret’.
But now the ‘open secret’ has been upgraded to a serious claim put forward by Colombian author and journalist Gustavo Tatis Guerra.
The journalist has now published a bombshell article in the regional El Universal newspaper in the province of Cartagena, on Colombia’s Caribbean coast.
Tatis Guerra reportedly infers that Gabriel Garcia Marquez fathered a secret daughter in Mexico. His chronicle begins by discussing a kinship between Garcia Marquez and the assassinated Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi.
Gandhi was reportedly one of the people who communicated personally with the writer when his Nobel Prize was announced in 1982, and the writer saw Gandhi on a visit to India a year later.
The journalist infers, based on statements by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and on an opinion by biographer Dasso Saldivar, that the daughter he allegedly had out of wedlock with a woman called Mercedes Barcha was christened in honour of the assassinated Indian leader.
The article reportedly points to Mexican woman Indira Cato, daughter of the filmmaker and journalist Susana Cato, who reportedly wrote scripts to some films with Garcia Marquez.
Tatis Guerra quotes Saldivar as saying that he once saw an old photograph in which Garcia Marquez allegedly had the girl in question sitting on his lap. He added: “I will never forget her as long as I live.”
Tatis Guerra also claims that he has confirmed this information with relatives of the late author, adding that they had kept silent “out of respect for and loyalty to” Gabriel Garcia Marquez and that they “did not dare mention the secret, especially to their own children.”