One of the last things that a miner who’s been trapped underground for the past two months would expect to confront him when he reaches the surface is his mistress and wife. That’s what happened earlier this week when Yonni Barrios, a Chilean miner who’s been trapped, emerged from the mine. He was greeted with a warm welcome not by his wife but by his lover, whom the wife had discovered earlier this month. His wife stated that it was a miracle from God that he was rescued, but that she would not be attending because Yonni had been cheating on her.
Other famous couples who have had their dirty secrets aired out because of tragedy include John and Elizabeth Edwards. Elizabeth, who has battled cancer in the past few years and is seemingly on the mend, was faced with divorcing her husband after his mistress Rielle Hunter came forward, claiming that her daughter was in fact his love child. Hunter submitted to a paternity test that proved the baby was in fact Edwards’.
Another couple rocked by scandal was President John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. Though reports that the two were an item were never truly proven, her sultry performance of Happy Birthday was enough to get tongues wagging. Because of his assassination in 1963, and her death in 1962, there is no one to either discredit or prove the story. A recent black-and-white picture of the two sold at auction for thousands and served to propel the story even further into history.
Yet another famous couple racked with controversy and tragedy is Amy Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil. The case broke earlier this year that the two were getting divorced amid reports that the starlet had committed adultery. Fielder-Civil stated that he had spent the years of their marriage getting her drugs and pulling her out of stupors when he himself also struggled with drug problems. Reports of the divorce didn’t start to surface until the starlet’s antics got truly out of control and her self-destructive behavior came to a head.
Public attention will likely make matters worse as this miner tries to make the best out of a clearly horrible situation. The love triangle will no doubt end as many do when those involved are exposed to undue attention. These couples and more have been a party to scandal, and there will no doubt be hundreds more as the years drag on.
Stephen Smith, Rescued Miner Faces Love Triangle Above Ground, cbsnews.com
Michael Saul and Celeste Katz, John Edwards Exposed as Cheating Lowlife, Serial Liar in Book ‘The Politician’ by Andrew Young, nydailynews.com
John Berman, JFK and Marilyn Monroe: The Story Behind the Image, abcnews.go.com
Simon Perry, Amy Winehouse’s Husband to Divorce Her Over Adultry, people.com