• Lima The wedding of his granddaughter, the scene of the reunion of Mario Vargas Llosa and his ex-wife Patricia with whom they confirm the family unit
  • French Academy The son of Patricia and Mario Vargas Llosa vindicates his mother on Twitter: "No one deserved to be in the front row more than her"

New year new life, says a saying that does not fit at all with Mario Vargas Llosa, who turns 28 this March 87. It is true that this 2023 his life has taken a radical turn after his break with Isabel Preysler, although in reality he has recovered his old existence, the one he had before leaving PatriciaLlosa in 2015 for the Filipino socialite.

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The silent enemies (so far) of Isabel Preysler

  • Writing: LUIS FERNANDO ROMO

The silent enemies (so far) of Isabel Preysler

Currently installed in his native Peru, he is splitting a pinion with his ex-wife, who very proudly does not separate from his side as one who reconquers a besieged castle. Also happy are his three children Álvaro, Morgana and Gonzalo and his eight grandchildren, because they never accepted that he left behind 50 years of marriage for love of Isabel, causing a family schism. Now they are again a pineapple, as was proven at the beginning of March, when Vargas Llosa and Patricia went together in Lima to the wedding of their granddaughter Josefina and the writer was seen enjoying among his own, marking himself up to a dance.

In addition, he does not stop receiving recognitions, and after his resounding entry in February into the Royal Academy of the French Language with King Juan Carlos, who made him marquis, as a guest, he has received in March the Grand Collar of the Order of the Sun of Peru, maximum distinction. It was imposed by the President of the Republic Dina Boluarte at the presidential palace, in a ceremony in which he was accompanied, as usual, by his ex-wife and his son Álvaro. Very significant was the subsequent image he published of his father working in his office in the family residence in Lima, now owned by Patricia. It corresponded to him in the partition of assets of his divorce in 2016, in addition to the couple's apartment in New York, while the writer kept his Madrid apartment on Flora Street, and the one in Paris.

Their surprising reconciliation, which some describe as a set-up because there is a certain coldness between them, began to take shape before she left Isabel's residence in Puerta de Hierro at the end of November. The first rumors of crisis were unleashed in July, although the couple went to the step traveling together to Ibiza, but then the writer was in September in Lima and there he met Patricia, with whom after his tumultuous divorce, there was great tension.

The announcement of their breakup, which Preysler gave in Hello! on December 28, was the beginning of hostilities between them when Isabel alleged obsessive jealousy of the Nobel, which he denied. Something recurrent, because in the novel Los Genios de Jaime Bayly, recently published, jealousy is attributed in this case by Patricia the cause of the punch that Vargas Llosa gave in 1976 to the also Nobel García Márquez, dynamiting their friendship. The Peruvian, who received 2023 with his son Álvaro in Paris, was seen dining in Madrid in January at the Italian Ouh babbo with Patricia and her daughter Morgana.

But the bombshell exploded in Paris on February 9, when he went with his ex-wife to a ceremony as solemn as his entry into the Royal Academy of the French language. The day before, they even both posed with their children in their Parisian residence, images that their firstborn published on Instagram with a suggestive message: "Nobody deserved as much to be in the front row as my mother, nobody owes my father so much his work, he has proclaimed it many times."

Their love story began in Paris when Mario, after divorcing his aunt Julia Urquidi, 10 years older and whom he married at age 19, married in 1965. Patricia Llosa is his first cousin and niece of the previous one and is the mother of his three children. A marriage with many comings and goings on the part of the writer, incorrigible don Juan, who in the end always returned to Patricia's arms, as she herself warned Isabel Preysler in a letter that was leaked.

"Patricia solves problems, manages the economy, keeps journalists and intruders at bay, decides appointments and trips, packs and unpacks and even when she scolds me saying 'Mario, you only serve to write' she gives me the best of praise," said the writer in 2010 when receiving the Nobel. But five years later, after Miguel Boyer died, he made close contact in Madrid with Isabel, whom he met in 1984 when he interviewed him for ¡Hola! The socialite called to invite the couple to see the Oscar gala in her mansion in Puerta de Hierro, but since Patricia was in Peru taking care of her mother, Mario went alone and from there they became inseparable. Nobody expected that after eight years, what was believed to be one of the most stable couples on the national scene, would jump through the air, leaving for the first time touched the immaculate image of Isabel. Even less that the writer returned with his ex-wife, although there are those who suspect that in this reconciliation there is some vendetta and the need to wash the image of Vargas Llosa, who is rumored to have intended to become future president of Peru, something he tried in 1990 without achieving it.

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