The Telenovela That Shook a Mexican Presidential Family
Lucía Méndez is a renowned Mexican telenovela actress who starred in the 1980s “Colorina”. This television series was a hit in Mexico and even crossed borders becoming popular throughout Latin America and the United States. However, in 1989, the actress caused a scandal that shook a prominent Mexican presidential family.
The Plot Thickens
The telenovela in question was called “Amor de Nadie” (Nobody’s Love). The show’s main plot was driven by the romance between Lucía’s character and a male lead who would ultimately become president of Mexico.
The drama didn’t just stop at the script’s storyline when it was discovered that there was an affair going on behind the scenes.
Lucía Méndez soon became linked romantically with one of Mexico’s most controversial political figures, Carlos Salinas de Gortari. Salinas was president of Mexico from 1988 to 1994, and his brother Raul was married to Cecilia Occelli, who was the face of a famous Mexican home goods brand, Constructora Nacional de Casas (CNC).
The telenovela’s controversial love triangle was real, and it quickly made the headlines not only in Mexico, but worldwide.
Cecilia Occelli felt humiliated by the affair and subsequently divorced her powerful husband, Raul. The scandal was widely talked about on social media and print newspapers and magazines at the time.
Lucía Mendez went on to have a long and successful career in telenovelas throughout Mexico and Latin America. However, the affair did leave a lasting stain on her career and personal life.
Over 30 years after its airing, “Amor de Nadie” remains one of the most talked-about episodes in telenovela history. The affair between Lucía Méndez and Carlos Salinas de Gortari is still a hot topic in Mexican political and pop culture discourse.
The scandal brought to light the blurred lines between entertainment and politics within the Mexican collective consciousness.
In conclusion, the telenovela “Amor de Nadie” may not have had a happily ever after ending for the people involved, but it left an indelible mark on the Mexican culture psyche and continues to be discussed to this day.