Excerpts from Telemundo's Interview with Emma Coronel, the Wife of El Chapo

I did not talk to him on the phone in court. I also overheard people saying that there was a risk I could try to photograph one of the witnesses.

Excerpts from Telemundo's Interview with Emma Coronel, the Wife of El Chapo

The Woman behind El Chapo), an exclusive interview with Emma Coronel

MIAMI –December 10, 2018- Today Telemundo aired “La mujer detrás del Chapo” (The Woman behind El Chapo), an exclusive interview with Emma Coronel, the wife of notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán. The interview was conducted by Noticias Telemundo correspondent Rebeka Smyth and Telemundo Stations Group reporter Marisset Verení, and is available on the Noticias Telemundo YouTube page with English subtitles.

The following is a transcription of excerpts from the interview (If you reproduce part of this material, please identify it as a "Telemundo exclusive interview"):

In response to charges that she communicated with El Chapo in the courtroom: “I did not talk to him on the phone in court.  I also overheard people saying that there was a risk I could try to photograph one of the witnesses. That’s impossible.”

About her alleged Instagram account: “That account isn’t mine.... Whoever put it up is doing it completely without my approval.”…“It’s very uncomfortable for me; it has intimate pictures of me from my private life.” … “I have been in contact with the cybersecurity authorities to try to solve this problem.”

With regard to her own security: “I feel safe here in Mexico and wherever I go.  I have always felt safe.  I have never been afraid.”

About how the media has portrayed El Chapo: “They put too much of a focus on Joaquín; they made him famous.” … “Why don’t they publicize it when other things come out, like the fact that he led a simple life?”… “They don’t want to take him off that pedestal and show that he is a normal person, just like everyone else.”

About El Chapo’s relationship to fame: “Why lie: I think that to some degree he liked it (fame). I have to be honest.  I think he did like it, a little bit.”

About where her money came from: “We have businesses.  I can’t talk about them because the media turns everything I say into a big scandal.”… “I own some farmland, things like that, but I’d rather not discuss it.”…“I’m not involved in anything illicit.  I know that at this point, the government has taken it upon itself to check and verify if anything I have is illicit.”

About President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his statements that he doesn’t want to go to war against drug traffickers: “I don’t know what methods he will use or if he’ll do what he said, but if it helps the country then I approve.”

About allegations that El Chapo gave the film rights to his life story to Kate del Castillo: “It is true about the rights to his life story.  I don’t know if she (Kate del Castillo) is going to make the movie or not, but she’ll have to get in touch with me because whatever has to do with Joaquín’s life or Joaquín involves me as well.”

About her privacy: “For heaven’s sake …I like going to the beach, I like to go out, I like to have fun like anyone else.”… “I don’t know what’s wrong with you.  Tell me what you think: that I’m not a human being like anyone else? I see myself on the news and I wonder, what’s so wrong about wanting to have fun, to go to the beach, to go on vacation?”

Note: The interview subtitled to English is available on the Noticias Telemundo