The less known life of Begoña Gómez: from her family of shepherds to her arrival at the courts

Begoña Gomez He is once again the protagonist, much to his chagrin. The wife of the President of the Government is under suspicion and is once again making headlines after a Madrid court has opened preliminary proceedings against her to investigate the alleged commission of crimes of influence peddling and corruption in the private sector. Clean hands it is according to The confidential who supports the complaint. The union led by Miguel Bernad claims in the complaint the summons as investigated of the ‘first lady’ of Moncloa and asks the judge to track down possible evidence, such as the letters of recommendation signed by the president’s wife and all the adjudication files. that benefited the businessman, as well as to carry out another series of procedures, including the appearance of witnesses.

Although he was born in Bilbao, his origins are from León, since he grew up in León, specifically in Valderas, where he spent the summers of his childhood with his friends until he was 16 years old. “She was a very sociable and very pretty girl,” they say about her in that Leonese town, where they consider that she is very “uncomfortable” with her forced protagonism because she prefers a “discreet and little media” profile.

“She attracted attention because she was blonde and came from the capital”

Begoña’s father, who has been written about for his saunas, is from Gordoncillo and her mother is from the aforementioned town of Valderas, located about 60 kilometers from the capital. They both come from a family of shepherds and farmers. Her cousin Feli Rodríguez remembers in the local press those summer afternoons, where they both enjoyed the holidays with her gang. “Begoña and I lived next door. Our houses were close together. I remember being together from the moment we got up until we went to bed. The family house was too big for everyone to enter and we shared many adventures,” says her cousin in the Leon’s Diary.

She enjoyed riding her bicycle, with dolls, and going to the movies. Begoña Gómez maintains a good relationship with her friends and her Leonese family, and there they remember her and see her now with good eyes: “She attracted attention because she was blonde and came from the capital and used to wear very ‘stylish’ and very modern clothes “She always wore her hair in a braid,” says her cousin.

Married since 2006 to Pedro Sánchez, with whom she has lived for many years, Begoña Gómez graduated in Marketing from the ESIC in Madrid, and has a master’s degree in Business Administration. She is the director of a master’s degree at the Complutense University on Competitive Social Transformation. Her controversial professorship has served to foster her relationships with different companies, a matter that has now been brought to justice after weeks of debates and appearances. The ‘first lady’ of the PSOE says she is “passionate about sustainability” and has collaborated with organizations such as Oxfam Intermón or Amnesty International. She was also director of commercial outsourcing consulting for the Inmark group until her move to Moncloa in 2018. Just after arriving at Moncloa she was named director of the ‘Africa Center’ of the Instituto de Empresa. A position that she left in 2022 after four years.

In his latest book, Pedro Sánchez talks, although not much, about his family life, that is, his wife and his two daughters, Carlota and Ainhoa. Mainland, published four years after Resistance manual (Peninsula), includes the story that the president gives about his marriage or the education of his daughters. “We know that we can love our sons and daughters without complexes, and express those feelings without being called softies except by very caring people,” says the socialist leader. “For today’s men, feminism has given us access to that universe of affection and to share special moments with our children and our partners. With Begoña I share a love for sports, we like to go out riding our bikes together, go for a walk through the countryside. We are both fans of reading and we like to talk about our readings,” he describes.

An ideal day for Pedro Sánchez with Begoña Gómez

“Travel forces me to be away from home, but there is a small family ritual that I try to respect, no matter where in the world I am: every morning through our WhatsApp group, I send a link to my daughters. It can be news about science or culture or a song that I have heard, the latest song by a singer that we all like or by the group that I have just discovered,” read the pages that talk about this matter.

For Begoña Gómez’s husband, an ideal day consists of getting up late, “doing some exercise with my wife and eating a paella, a fabada, a salmorejo with my family,” he writes. “Every Sunday we have lunch as a family, I’m not very original about that,” he explains.

In 2015 Sánchez told Bertín Osborne on the program In yours in mine that in his youth he was very “flirty”, and that he used his “labia” because he was “very bad at dancing”. He also admitted that he was “a bit of a bullet.” Until at the age of 31 (21 years ago) he met Begoña Gómez: “You don’t know the trouble I gave her, I had to work hard, she made it very difficult for me,” he declared. He settled in her house in La Latina and years later he asked her to marry him in a restaurant. They married in 2016 in a civil ceremony officiated by Trinidad Jiménez.

They had already had their daughter Ainhoa ​​and they celebrated it intimately, although later they celebrated it with family and friends at the Zarzuela Hippodrome. Before Moncloa they lived in a chalet in Pozuelo de Alarcón, where they will likely return when Sánchez leaves the presidency.

Begoña Gómez once told Susanna Griso that her husband “is very romantic” and wrote her love letters: “Yes, I keep everything. I have a wooden trunk. (Pedro) is very romantic. It has many details. Even when he sees you a little overwhelmed by work and so on, he suggests going out to dinner or preparing a special moment for you,” he said. She also explained that she is not jealous and that she handles her husband’s protagonism “very well”: “At first, when they didn’t know me and I was attending some event, the women would gather around and suddenly there would be someone who would say, ‘be careful.’ , his wife is there.’ I’m not jealous at all.”