By Inés San Martín Crux
Less than a week before the arrival of Pope Francis in Mexico, local journalists have charged that Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s 2010 wedding to soap opera star Angélica Rivera was possible only because leading Church figures lied to help annul her previous marriage.
The charge comes from journalist Carmen Aristegui and the weekly magazine Proceso, and is based on documents linking the wedding to the destruction of the career of a popular Mexican priest once known as the “Father of the Stars.”
In 2004, Rivera married the father of her three children and longtime partner, soap opera producer José Alberto Castro Alva. Four years later, the couple divorced.
Soon after, the actress begun dating Peña Nieto, then the governor of the state of Mexico. (Peña Nieto’s first wife died in 2007 after an epileptic seizure.)
In 2008, Peña Nieto’s bid to become president was gathering steam, with help from Mexico’s main TV network Televisa. Rivera was one of the network’s most popular stars and was hired to do some spots for his campaign, which is how the two met.
Talk about a wedding soon followed, but it couldn’t happen in the Church unless the actress’ first marriage was annulled.