I've noticed that, frequently, while marathoning Narcos on Netflix, I whip out my phone or laptop to Google a character or scene to see how closely the show mirrors reality. I always try to find out just enough without spoiling the show, but, while doing that, I totally miss what is going on and end up having to rewind to actually read the subtitles. This game/history lesson is a huge part of the show’s appeal. And, while I know what happened to Escobar, I'm curious to know about the realities of his family life, which is examined more closely in Season 2. Who are Pablo Escobar's children in real life?
The second season of Narcos chronicles Escobar’s final days and depicts him at home with his family while he is in hiding. After so many hours of television, viewers finally see Escobar as a father and husband. Although Narcos is inspired by the story of Escobar's life, it's still a fictional show, which made me curious about his real children and what they are doing now that they have grown up. While Escobar’s daughter has lived a pretty private life, his son has recently been part of some pretty big projects regarding his father, but more on that in a minute.
In real life, Escobar's children Juan Pablo Escobar and Manuela Escobar were born in 1977 and 1984, respectively. Articles about Manuela are dated and scarce, usually regarding her inheritance or a story that her father once allegedly burned $2 million because she was cold, according to her brother. Time magazine reported that, after Pablo's death, Manuela, her brother, and her mother traveled to Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, South Africa and Mozambique before they ultimately sought refuge in Argentina. El Tiempo reported that Manuela now lives under an assumed name, and has stayed out of the spotlight.
Escobar’s son, an architect in Argentina, has been vocal about his father, though he has changed his name from Juan Pablo Escobar to Sebastián Marroquín. In 2009, Marroquín was the focus of Argentine director Nicolás Entel’s documentary Sins of My Father, which chronicled Marroquín seeking reconciliation with children of politicians Escobar had killed and denouncing his father’s violence.
In an interview with UK publication Latino Life, Marroquín explained
that he participated in the documentary after turning down many projects that
he said were “the opposite message to the lifestyle that [he had] chosen to
lead.” But, Sins of My Father is
about forgiveness and ending violence. He further explained:
“Kids enter the game as if nothing has ever happened before and I can see generation after generation clashing, and we’re in the same situation. I want the violence to stop, not just for me but for Colombia … There is also the necessity to ask for forgiveness for my father’s actions. They aren’t mine but I have to say to you that society has persecuted and punished us as if we were Pablo Escobar. The film allows a minute’s silence to hear our voices and to say ‘this is our story, this is how we live, please understand that to be someone’s son doesn’t mean they are also an accomplice … The documentary is a way for us to send this message to society that they separate us as individuals and not as cartel members. We are members of the boss’ family, but we aren’t the cartel.”
In 2014, Marroquín released the book, Pablo Escobar: My Father, under the name Juan Pablo Escobar. According to the Latin Times, proceeds from the book were donated to various Colombian charity projects and Marroquín was quoted about his work, saying, “It's not about trying to wash away guilt, but contributing to the well-being of the country from whatever place I can.”
Marroquín recently spoke out about Narcos, calling out the series with a list of 28 things that he claims the show got wrong. You can read his full list of alleged inaccuracies on The Telegraph. Bustle has reached out to Netflix for comment on Marroquín's claims, but has not yet received a response.
It seems that while Narcos has led viewers to question what happened to Escobar's now-adult children, it seems his son has a few questions for the show.