Hugo Chavez’s love life: Ex wives to mistresses

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    Those who know him report that President Hugo Chavez is a Don Juan. He loves women and apparently, women love him back. Wherever he goes for his public appearances, women of all ages flock to him, hoping to get a hug or a kiss.

    Chavez loves to be the center of the scene but particularly when it comes to women. It’s said that he grabbed Queen Elizabeth’s arm and took her for a walk and even tried to kiss Queen Sofia of Spain and the former Chilean president, Michelle Bachelet. According to international media he also tried to court CNN en Espanol journalist Patricia Janiot, American activist Cindy Sheehan and journalist and TV personality Barbara Walters.

    Hugo Chavez’s ex wives

    Hugo Chavez affairs

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez kisses his wife Marisabel Chavez at a balcony of the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, July 30, 2000. Venezuelans endorsed President Hugo Chavez’s “social revolution” on Sunday by electing him to a fresh six-year term, consolidating Latin America’s second leftist regime after Cuba. With 77 percent of the votes counted, 59 percent went to Chavez and 37 percent went to his nearest challenger, former Zulia state Gov. Francisco Arias Cardenas. (AP Photo/Roberto Candia)

    Hugo Chavez has a long list of romances but he was married only twice. The first time he married Nancy Colmenares when he was only 23. Colmenares is the mother of his first three children: Rosa Virginia, Maria Gabriela and Hugo Rafael. According to Semana Magazine from Spain, theirs was a small, simple wedding ceremony, nothing too extravagant as Chavez was occupied with the beginning of his military career.

    A few years later, he met Herma Marksman, a revolutionary historian, and had her as his mistress for as long as 10 years while he was married to Colmenares. Some say Marksman was the woman Chavez loved most, the one who influenced his ideological training and participation in the preparation of the coup d’ etat of 1992 that put Chavez in jail and the one who visited him there as reported by Spanish publications. In an interview with Televen, Chavez apologized to his first wife for leaving her alone with their children and no money after the military coup. That was the end of his marriage to Colmenares.

    Meanwhile, Herma Marksman stood by his side while he was in prison but their relationship began to decline before he was released. Today, Marksman fiercely opposes the Chavez regime.

    Chavez met his second wife, Marisabel Rodriguez, two years after being released. She was a gorgeous blonde Venezuelan radio journalist. It was love at first sight and they conceived their only child, Rosines, on their very first date according to declarations they made to El Universal diary. They were married from 1997 to 2004. Their divorce was caused by Chavez’s affairs and the feeling of hatred in Chavez’s world, said Rodriguez. Chavez said it was her bad temper that caused their separation.

    After the divorce, Rodriguez and Chavez ended up in a legal dispute for custody of Rosinés. In his demand for guardianship, the president alleged that his former wife projected an unsuitable image for the integral development of the child. Rodriguez replied with strong statements about her former husband, accusing him of domestic violence and harassment.

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