A rescue reward is being paid to each of the miners rescued in the Chilean mine. One of the miners, Johnny Barrios, had two women waiting for him at Camp Hope at the top of the mine: his wife, and his long-time secret mistress.
After some negotiation, the three have apparently decided that his mistress won’t receive a share of the reward money.
At first glance that seems obvious: they’re not married. Usually, you share your finances with your spouse, even if you’re also sharing your bed with other lovers (secretly or openly). On the other hand, both women left their lives and jobs to wait and hope for his safe return. Both clearly love him and are committed to their relationships with him.
Surely, his mistress incurred some costs, and certainly sustained emotional pain and suffering. In many ways, she seems as qualified to receive compensation for the disaster as his wife does.
That’s the risk mistresses take: their relationships are in the shadows, meaning they have no claim on their lovers’ fortunes. When there are kids involved, things get even more complicated. Can they expect their lover to support their child? What if he dies? Will the kid get survivor benefits? Be acknowledged by the rest of the family?
In this very public case, I’d hoped to see the women reconcile and stay focused on what matters most: getting their man back alive and bringing him back to health. It sounds like there’s been ongoing drama between them instead. But the news report said they talked over the settlement of the reward money. Maybe that’s a sign that they’re ready to start talking about how the three of them will share their lives going forward.
[Update: Famecrawler reports that some women may have claimed to be miners’ mistresses just to get a piece of the reward money. Ew.]
Photo: Chilean Government
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