Renowned Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez had been tight-lipped about something from his past all these years -- a love child with a Mexican writer. A tell-all revelation published in Colombian newspaper El Universal Sunday revealed the closely guarded secret Marquez had taken with him to the grave when he died in 2014.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, this revelation was confirmed to the Associated Press by two of Marquez’s relatives. The Nobel Prize-winning author was married for more than 50 years to Mercedes Barcha and their marriage was blessed with two children while the family lived mostly in Mexico City.

The paper revealed that Marquez had an ongoing extramarital affair with writer and journalist Susana Cato. In the early 1990s, Cato was working with Marquez on two of his scripts when their love affair blossomed and brought forth a daughter they named Indira. Two of Marquez’s relatives, namely Shani Garcia Marquez and Gabriel Eligio Torres Garcia, told the Associated Press that they had both known about their cousin all these years. 

Shani said she had known about Indira but made no mention of her to the media having been told by her parents to practice discretion especially with any information about her uncle’s private life. Gabriel has also kept in touch with Indira through social media, however, they never had the chance to actually meet in person.

As for the other family members, the paper said most of them had known about Indira Cato but had kept mum about the writer’s indiscretions out of respect for Marquez’s late wife who passed away in August 2020. At the same time, Marquez’s lover has also led a quiet life away from the prying eyes of the media to ensure their daughter’s lineage would remain a secret.

Gabriel, who is also a writer by profession in Colombia, spoke of whispers from other relatives about the existence of Indira. “My cousins Rodrigo and Gonzalo told me about her casually during a reunion,” he said.

Indira Cato is now 30 years old and although she may not have taken up the pen to write and make a name for herself in Mexico, she has carved her own creative path working as a documentary producer in Mexico City. She has been cited for her works and has won quite a handful of awards for a documentary she had made about the plights of migrants passing through Mexico. 

Nobel laureate Marquez is known and famous for his acclaimed works “Love in the Time of Cholera” and “One Hundred Years of Solitude."

File picture of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his wife Mercedes Barcha Colombian Nobel Prize for Literature 1982 Gabriel Garcia Marquez (L), sitting in the carriage alongside his wife Mercedes Barcha, smiles upon arriving at his hometown Aracataca by train 30 May, 2007 in Santa Marta, Colombia. Garcia Marquez didn't visit Aracataca in twenty years. Photo by Alejandra Vega/AFP via Getty Images