Legendary Puerto Rican astrologer, Walter Mercado, is the topic of Netflix’s new documentary, Mucho Mucho Amor, which hits the streaming platform on July 8.
The flamboyant celeb, who died in November on the age of 87, was greatest recognized for his psychic TV reveals, which aired for many years in Latin America, the U.S., and his dwelling nation. However Walter’s ambiguous sexuality and pseudo romance with actress Mariette Detotto had been as broadly mentioned as his otherworldly predictions.
Walter Mercado and Mariette Detotto had been allegedly in a “religious relationship.”
The entertainer was infamously tight-lipped when it got here to his sexual orientation, although his unconventional fashion and over-the-top persona shortly made him a homosexual icon.
The closest Walter ever got here to marriage was with Mariette, whom he met throughout a go to to her native Brazil. On the time, the brunette magnificence had simply gone by way of a divorce, and the astrologer predicted that her profession as a tv presenter and dancer would take off if she moved to a unique nation.
The duo fashioned a long-lasting friendship, and in 2004, Walter reportedly informed a Puerto Rican journalist that the love they shared was “pure and honest.” The globetrotter even admitted that he may marry her.
“Marriage earlier than God is extra severe than a signed paper, which frequently doesn’t final lengthy. The union of the soul and that of the physique can’t be separated,” he stated, calling Mariette his “soulmate.”
Walter additionally revealed throughout the interview that he had been sexually abstinent for years. “I made a vow of celibacy till a girl got here to awaken the power of affection in me and that’s Mariette,” he shared.
However, Walter stopped wanting calling her his girlfriend. “We’ve shared touring collectively and we kiss on the mouth as a result of she is a free, single lady — lovely, loving, and the mouth of a girl is the doorway to her soul.”
Greater than a decade later, Walter confirmed that he wasn’t courting Mariette. “I’ve nobody,” he allegedly said. “I’ve channeled my sexual power into the nice of humanity by praying for therefore many individuals who ask me for assist.”
The LGBTQ+ neighborhood embraced Walter regardless that he would not discuss his sexuality.
For filmmaker Kareem Tabsch, who co-directed Mucho Mucho Amor, Walter’s confidence in who he was and what he represented was precisely what “a queer child from Miami” wanted to witness. “It was very impactful seeing him regardless that he by no means publicly mentioned his sexuality,” the producer defined to EW.
“He was very a lot a pioneer and a queer icon as a result of he challenged the notions of sexuality, he challenged the notions of gender, of what a person ought to seem like and what a person ought to do.”
Co-director Cristina Costantini added, “He is additionally very magical. On this documentary, we actually wished to point out the person behind the cape. What did it seem like for him to be somebody that fabulous on the day-to-day? And you realize what? His day-to-day was very fabulous! He had breakfast in a golden gown.”
We’d gladly take a kind of! Mucho Mucho Amor is offered to stream beginning July 8.