The president of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou, and his wife have decided to separate

The president of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou, and his wife have decided to separate

Luis Lacalle Pou with his wife Lorena Ponce de León (REUTERS / Andres Cuenca Olaondo)

Uruguayan President, Luis Lacalle Pou and his wife, Lorena Ponce de León, have decided to separateas confirmed at Infobae sources close to the family and the presidency.

The president had married Ponce de León in the year 2000and had already separated in the year 2011while they lived four months in different houses, according to what Lacalle Pou himself said in interviews he gave to various media during his presidential campaigns.

The couple have three children: Violeta, Luis Alberto and Manuel.

The president had married Ponce de León in 2000 (REUTERS/Mariana Greif)

The president had married Ponce de León in 2000 (REUTERS/Mariana Greif)

As the first lady of Uruguay said in an interview with Infobae in 2020she is a key figure not only in the life but also in the career of the President: “Luis takes out his miseries and speaks with me, shares his doubts and his fears. And that helps him understand.”.

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They were two teenagers the first time they went out. He was 19 and she was 16. Lorena worked in a clothing store. Luis was the son of the Uruguayan president Luis Alberto Lacalle (1990-1995). He called her on the phone one day and asked her out. She has accepted. “At that time in Uruguay you went out with the boy who called you,” he says. They had a date that was a complete failure. “We were so bored”. And everyone went their own way.

Lorena began to study landscaping. Lawyer Louis. They had other couples. They didn’t know what was in each other’s lives. Until the day when, five years later, he graduates as a lawyer and she is invited to the party by a friend. Then they weren’t bored anymore. But they didn’t even remotely know what the rest of their film would look like. “I believe in reincarnation and souls meeting, and I believe what we had was predestined”she once said of her own love affair.

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Some ingredients of this story: they got married a few months after this meeting (he with 24, she with 21). They worked in different companies. Much later, Luis’ political career began, but he had some stumbles and – as is already known – the current summit in the presidency. But the couple’s main and most difficult dream was to form a family. She, she always said, wanted to be a mother before she was 30. Life, however, got in their way and they had to go through an inalienable odyssey to be parents.

When they started looking, everything got complicated. They decided to try artificial insemination, but it didn’t work. They tried one more time, no more. A third try. Any. With the clear objective of starting a family, they opted for in vitro fertilization. Is.

“For the first time, I felt devastated”, said Lorraine. “Until then I thought I could build a building in a desert, I thought anything could be done, but that was foreign to me. I couldn’t get out of bed. One day I started crying in a supermarket looking at a piece of lettuce. I asked for help and took antidepressants to get rid of some of that pain.

The couple had frozen embryos and finally the good news reached them. Not only that: became the first parents of twins born by in vitro fertilization with frozen embryos.

Luis Lacalle Pou and his wife Lorena Ponce de León, with their children, during his 47th birthday celebration in August 2020 (Twitter Lorena Ponce de León)

Luis Lacalle Pou and his wife Lorena Ponce de León, with their children, during his 47th birthday celebration in August 2020 (Twitter Lorena Ponce de León)

It was she who, when Lacalle Pou lost in the second round of October 2014 against tabare vazquezhe told him: “Take your bag and go around the neighborhoods because that’s what makes you happy: being with people.

“It’s that when you understand that strong stumbles are learned, you don’t see it as a defeat”said Infobase.

Despite the separation, she will continue to be in charge of the official program sowing, who was born while they were campaigning. “We did Uruguay seven times in one year and I learned a lot about the interior. I said to myself: I will accompany Luis as much as I can because I want to be part of all this and understand everything that may be needed on my side as First Lady. We have seen that there is a lack of opportunities and communication in everything that is in the domain of one’s own business. I am a hardworking person and to me that makes you worthy. Work gives you security and I found that in Uruguay most of the careers you study prepare you to ask for a job, but they don’t prepare you to make it your own,” he told the media. .

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