Isabel Preysler and Mario Vargas Llosa, together despite the rumors

Isabel Preysler and Mario Vargas Llosa. / File, Archive

The publication of some images in which the Nobel Prize winner leaves his old family home early in the morning set off alarms

The magazine ‘Semana’ has published some photographs in which Mario Vargas Llosa can be seen leaving his old family home in Madrid early in the morning, at those “ambiguous hours that cross the drunk and the early riser” that Sabina sang . According to the publication, when the streets were still practically empty, the writer appeared in sportswear to go for a walk. Once the tour was over, he returned to the same portal. The morning walk is part of the usual routine of the 86-year-old Nobel Prize winner to keep fit since his usual activity is focused on reading and writing.

These images set off all the alarms since, as far as was known, Vargas Llosa shared a residence with his current partner, Isabel Preysler (71), in his mansion in the exclusive Puerta de Hierro urbanization. According to ‘Semana’, Vargas Llosa would have been installed in his apartment for more than ten days, where he resides and spends the night. In fact, they emphasize that “the images are several days old”, so the rumors of a possible estrangement between the couple did not take long to appear. This would be the first time that the writer would have left the socialite’s home since they decided to share their lives after the divorce from his wife Patricia. In the distribution, the central apartment in Madrid went to the writer while she stayed with the apartment in New York and her residence in Lima in Peru.

In any case, the speculations were quickly settled by Isabel Preysler herself through the magazine ‘Hola’, who contacted Tamara Falcó’s mother. Isabel denied any type of estrangement and confirmed that the couple continues to reside in the town of Puerta de Hierro. According to the version of ‘Hola’, the apartment in the center of Madrid houses numerous books by the writer, which is why he usually goes there. In addition, it is the meeting point of Vargas Llosa with his family. It should be remembered that the Nobel Prize winner has three adult children with his former wife, Álvaro (56), Gonzalo (55) and Morgana (48). It was precisely they who reported on the health status of his father during his convalescence from covid 19, which he passed last April.

Two different but compatible versions of the couple’s relationship that could be seen together on June 21 at the Madrid Athenaeum during the presentation of the writer’s latest book, ‘The quiet gaze (by Pérez Galdós)’, an essay in which he analyzes the work of the renowned Spanish novelist and playwright. Just a few days before, they also attended the delivery of the Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic to the president of the Teatro Real, Gregorio Marañón, which was held at the Palacio de Viana. Since they fell in love seven years ago, it is usual for Isabel to accompany the writer in his different cultural events.

These days the family is living the countdown to one of the most important events of the summer: the wedding of Álvaro Castillejo Preysler, Isabel’s nephew, son of her sister Beatriz, who died in 2011. It will be next July 9 in Sotogrande and the socialite will act as godmother, something that, as he has said on occasion, makes him very excited. One of the main unknowns of this appointment is whether we will be able to see the ex-wife of Julio Iglesias accompanied by his five children: Chabeli, Enrique and Julio José Iglesias, Tamara Falcó and Ana Boyer since Álvaro is like a brother to them. The other is if seeing her cousin, Tamara and her partner, Íñigo Onieva, will be encouraged to take the step, fulfilling the saying that one wedding leads to another wedding.

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Isabel Preysler and Mario Vargas Llosa, together despite the rumors