Buenos Aires City Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta has opened up about his lovelife, telling a television host that he is “in love” with his new romantic partner, fellow public official Milagros Maylin.
Rodríguez Larreta, 56, went public with the news, a widely known secret in political circles, during an interview with journalist Luis Novaresio on the LN+ television channel. The opposition leader told the host that he is “very happy” with the new relationship.
Maylin, 36, is the current secretary of Wellbeing and Senior Citizens for the City government, which the mayor heads. Her position falls under the remit of the Health portfolio and she is a friend and ally of ex-Buenos Aires Province governor María Eugenia Vidal. The eldest of four sisters, she has a background in private and public management, mainly focused on social issues.
Speculation over the mayor’s lovelife has circulated since his 2020 separation from his wife of 20 years, Bárbara Diez de Tejada Benítez, a relationship that produced two daughters. Amid rumours that media were planning to break the story, Rodríguez Larreta decided to tackle the issue head-on, framing it himself.
"Two years ago you separated and little was said about your personal life," Novaresio said in an interview that aired Wednesday night.
Admitting that he wanted a "very low profile" in the personal sphere in order to protect his daughters, Rodríguez Larreta confessed his children were his main concern.
Asked if he was in a relationship, the mayor responded: "I'm very well, Luis. I fell in love. I'm very happy with that, very happy."
Pushed on her identity by Novaresio, the 2023 presidential hopeful said that her name “ is Milagros, she does me a lot of good. I feel that she relaxes me, she deconstructs me. Sometimes I'm a bit rigid, hard.... I feel that she softens me. I feel that she does me good."
Warming to the theme, he detailed the foundations of their relationship.
"She is a woman who is very committed to her work, very intelligent, passionate. We laugh a lot. She makes me laugh. She has a positive energy, she transmits good vibes. She makes me feel good in that sense, very sensitive, very family-oriented," said the Juntos por el Cambio leader.
"She works in the government, in the city. She is in charge of the elderly. She worked a lot with María Eugenia Vidal in the province. She was in charge of the whole slum integration programme, which was one of María Eugenia's top priorities. I worked with her on that and now she is working in the city with Fernán Quirós, with senior citizens,” the mayor added, admitting that he thought she would “accompany” him during campaigning in next year’s election.