Pelé: three marriages, seven children and a soap opera life

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Pelé: three marriages, seven children and a life of a soap opera

Married three times, officially the father of seven children: the private life of Pelé, who died this Thursday from colon cancer, was not It was as rugged as Diego Maradona's, but yes, it was not. quite convoluted.

Pelé she had a son who was imprisoned, an ex-partner who spent time in prison. She went from adult magazine model to Brazilian television queen and an unassumed daughter. and 'O Rei' refused. He finally recognized Sandra Machado, born in 1964 from an affair with a cleaning lady.

After a five-year legal battle, the courts ruled in 1996 in favor of the young woman, whose story was told by many. in the book “The girl the king did not want”, before dying in 2006 from breast cancer at only 42 years old. Pelé He was deplored by his two grandchildren for having “intellectually, morally and materially abandoned them.”

From his first marriage to Rosemeri Cholbi in 1966 three children were born: two girls, one Kely Cristina in 1967 and Jennifer in 1978, as well as a child, Edinho, in 1970.

At that time, Pelé He also had a daughter, Flavia, the result of an extramarital affair in 1968 with the journalist Lenita Kurtz. Unlike Sandra Machado, he recognized her in 2002.

The “official” family settled in New York. He was in New York in 1975 after the transfer of Pelé to the United States. from Santos de Sao Paulo to the Cosmos. The three children would stay there forever. with his mother after her parents divorced in the early 1980s. Single again, Pel & eacute; he fell in love with Xuxa, a young model who had posed nude.

Then she he turned She became a TV star in Brazil by presenting programs for young people and shared the news. He shared his life with another idol of the country, the late Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna.

Absent father

Pelé he was an absent father to the three children from his first marriage. “When I lived in the United States, I had almost no contact with my father,” testified Mr. Edinho in 2020 in an interview with Canal Football Club. “I only saw him two or three times a year for birthdays and Christmas. Often he would make us meet and not come,” she explained.

When he returned to Brazil at the age of 16, Pelé's son returned to Brazil. he approached More to his father and he embarked. in a modest career as a goalkeeper. But it is above all his legal missteps that have made him famous.

Sentenced in 2017 to almost 13 years in prisonFor laundering money from drug trafficking, Edinho carried out a crime. He made several trips back and forth to jail before being paroled in late 2019.

Pelé’’ He met Assiria Lemos Seixas, a psychologist and gospel singer, in 1994. Two years later, they became parents to twins Joshua and Celeste. The couple separated after after thirteen years. In 2020, his ex-wife started a business. He went to court for non-payment of alimony .

In 2016, then at the age of 75, Pelé he married He met for the third time with Marcia Cibele Aoki, a 42-year-old businesswoman, whom he had met in New York in the 1980s and later met again in New York.