The love life of The Painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is more than your typical LOVE story... a good tale! But unfortunately, a toxic one.
The Mexican couple first met at a communist party in 1927.... Frida was 20 years old and Rivera was 40. Two years after, Rivera divorced his third wife and married Frida in August 1929. Was this love at first sight? Well, their passion outgrew through the years for sure, but sadly their marriage came with many arguments, love affairs and “too many” miscarriages from Frida according to Diego.... which initially made him become very angry and ultimately seemed to led him to cheat on her.
It's important to mention that Diego was already a father of 2 daughters prior to their marriage, regardless, she started cheating on him too. Frida being bisexual, was cheating on Diego with a female partner which he did not mind at first, but later he became extremely jealous when finding out she was also with a male at the same time.
Making the ultimate petty move, Frida also cheated with the same woman that Diego would cheat on her with! Apparently after going through all of this, what finally caused the couple to divorce was when Diego had an affair with Frida's younger sister, Cristina Kahlo (yes, her sister!). There are no words to describe what a scum they both were- Cristina Kahlo and Diego. We can only imagine the gossip going around about these two at the time.
1. Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera
After having time to grow separately, the couple realized the connection between them was still there and remarried in 1940. They say, once you meet the same person again, you don't get the same person...
But patterns speak louder than words sometimes, and they didn't take long before they began to cheat on one another. Only this time Frida became very depressed wondering why their love was so toxic.
Through her art, we can see the pain and Diego.....
2. "Diego on my mind"- Frida Khalo
Frida also used journaling as her escape, she wrote “I love you more than my own skin and even though you don't love me the same way, you love me anyways, don't you? And if you don't, I'll always have the hope that you do, and I'm satisfied with that. Love me a little. I adore you''
The relationship had more cons than pros but at the end of the day at least they tried to make it work...more than most lovers would have! Hey, who are we to judge right?
Their version of love was beyond what any of us could imagine... the love was always there, just in all the wrong places. When Frida was asked why she was still with Diego at the time, she responded with her truth “Look Diego is how he is, and that's how I love him. I cannot love him for what he is not.”
Frida Kahlo died at 47, at their home in Mexico city. Rivera lived here until his death, maybe even hoping things could have been different between them...
''VIII Visits Frida & Diego's former Home/Museum"
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