Chilean miner Yonni Barrios earned the nickname “the doctor” while underground because he ministered to his fellow trapped miners with the skills he used caring for his diabetic mom growing up. Now it seems he’ll need to do some doctoring of his relationship with his wife, Marta Salinas, who is boycotting his rescue – and with good reason!
She discovered while her husband was underground that he’d been carrying on a 10-year affair with Susana Valenzuela behind her back. Salinas and the mistress both attended a candlelight vigil for the miners more than a month ago. Salinas became suspicious when she heard another woman calling out her husband’s name – can you even imagine?
Salinas at first seemed poised to stand by her man. She refused to even say Valenzuela’s names in the media interviews that followed and insisted that she and Barrios, who have been married 28 years, were still in love.
But Barrios apparently didn’t learn from his initial mistake. He asked both his wife and his mistress to attend the rescue operation yesterday – and his wife was outraged. She said even the first lady of Chile backed her decision to stay home.
“I am happy because he made it, it’s a miracle of God. But I’m not going to see the rescue,” she told a newspaper reporter. “He asked me to, but it turns out that he also asked the other lady, and I am a decent woman. Things are clear: it’s her or me.”
You have to love her attitude – and you have to wonder what Barrios will do when he gets home.