Our Marriage May Be Over: Betancourt Hubby

Lecompte says love might have died in 6-year internment
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 9, 2008 2:03 PM CDT
Our Marriage May Be Over: Betancourt Hubby
Ingrid Betancourt gestures as she stands with her mother Yolanda Pulecio and Juan Carlos Lecompte upon arrival at a Bogota military base after being rescued from captivity, Wednesday, July 2, 2008.    (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

The husband of rescued Colombian hostage Ingrid Betancourt says their marriage may be over. In an interview with the Bogota newspaper El Tiempo, Juan Carlos Lecompte acknowledges what many noted when the two reunited in front of TV cameras after last week's rescue—Betancourt greeted him coldly.

Then she went to France without him, accompanied by her two children from a previous marriage. Lecompte says in the interview published today that Betancourt's love for him "could have disappeared" during her 6 years as a rebel hostage. He dismisses as gossip published rumors of an affair while Betancourt was captive. Lecompte had worked hard for Betancourt's release. The two were married in 1997. (More Ingrid Betancourt stories.)

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