Wednesday, Jul. 01, 2009

María Belén Chapur

Who, exactly, is the Argentine woman about whom South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford had waxed so poetically in his e-mail missives? A 41-year-old former TV reporter, Chapur admitted on June 28 to being Sanford's object of affection, but details about her remain hazy. A divorcée living in Buenos Aires with her two children, Chapur said someone "hacked" her e-mail last year. Her short statement asked for privacy and offered no further details about her life.

Post-affair: Chapur might be keeping quiet, but Sanford can't seem to shut up. In a June 30 interview with the Associated Press, he called Chapur his "soul mate," although he said he'd "try" to fall back in love with his wife.