Mario Vargas Llosa leaves wife for Isabel Preysler

Photo credit: Hola

Peruvian author and columnist Mario Vargas Llosa has separated from his longtime wife Patricia Llosa.

Peru’s most celebrated novelist and winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature told a Spanish television station that he was separated from his wife of 50 years. “I am separated and I have no more statements to make about my private life.”

Last week Spanish gossip tabloid Hola published photos of Vargas Llosa with Filipino socialite Isabel Preysler. Preysler is the ex-wife of Spanish singer Julio Iglesias and the mother of Enrique Iglesias. Preysler was also married to marquis of Griñon Carlos Falco and Spain’s former economic minister Miguel Boyer.

Mario Vargas Llosa’s first wife was his aunt and Bolivian writer Julia Urquidi, who inspired the main character for his novel, “Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter.” Vargas Llosa left Urquidi in 1964 to marry his cousin Patricia Llosa. The couple had three children, including political commentator Alvaro Vargas Llosa.

A member of the Latin American Boom of 20th-century writers, Mario Vargas Llosa has published dozens of books including “The Time of the Hero,” “Conversation in the Cathedral” and “The Feast of the Goat.” He unsuccessfully ran for President of Peru in 1990, losing to Alberto Fujimori. His opinion column is published in Peruvian newspaper La Republica and Spanish daily La Nacion.


¡HOLA! adelanta su salida: Isabel Preysler y Mario Vargas Llosa, las imágenes que confirman su relación (Hola)

Isabel Preysler (Hola)

Mario Vargas Llosa: “Lo único que le confirmo es que estoy separado” (Salvame)

Mario Vargas Llosa: y quién se queda con los libros del escritor (Gestion)


  • They are over 21! Can they do whatever they want! More no one that was so happy in their n married life can live alone! It is normal to remarry right away..even Mrs Llosa will remarry right away if she was so happy. No one have born to live alone..more we are so busy to be taking care of other. People lives.why this gossip. More el que se fue sin que lo echen sin que lo l lamen regress. On the other hand: nunca so bra el que llega, ni falta el que se va..

  • Isabel is my friend,classy Lady!The Nobel guy has a good taste..good for them..

  • He was married to his aunt and cousin! …that is discusting!

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