Frida Guzmán sings a ballad in central London

Frida Guzmán sings a ballad in central London

The teenage granddaughter of famous Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is visiting some of Europe’s most glamorous destinations as she tries to kick-start a burgeoning career as an influencer and pop singer.

Frida Guzmán, 18, is the daughter of Édgar Guzmán, who was shot to death by hitmen from a rival cartel in 2008. Her father, “El Chapo,” 66, founder and former head of the ruthless Sinaloa Cartel, is serving his sentence life. 30 years in the Florence Supermax prison in Colorado.

In recent days, Frida has been posting selfies to her 110,000 Instagram followers that show her in places like outside Buckingham Palace, on a boat ride on Loch Ness, where she apparently went on a monster tour, a tasting of Johnnie Walker whiskey in Edinburgh and, in France, the Palace of Versailles, the Louvre museum and the Eiffel Tower.

Frida Guzmán posted a selfie from the Palace of Versailles in France earlier this week

Frida Guzmán posted a selfie on Instagram from the Palace of Versailles in France earlier this week.

In one, she even appears busking in central London, supposedly in Leicester Square, where an unidentified man introduces her simply as “Frida”, before playing a ballad over a recorded guitar melody. The short video is subtitled in Spanish: “My dream of singing in the streets of London. Mission accomplished.”

Frida has been pursuing a pop career for years. In 2021, she came third on Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento, a reality show similar to Britain’s Got Talent, on Estrella TV, a Spanish-language network that serves the huge Hispanic population in the United States.

After the contract murder of her father Edgar in a shopping center parking lot, her mother, beauty queen Griselda Guadalupe López, moved to Los Angeles and eventually married boxer Julio Cesár Chávez Junior, son of boxing great Julio Cesar Chavez.

Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán in Mexico City in 2014

Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán in police custody in Mexico City in 2014 – Eduardo Verdugo/AP

Frida’s carefully curated online image contrasts starkly with the bloody careers of her grandfather, father, and uncles, from whom she has become estranged, though she does not deny her family heritage. Given her criminal record, she could also be one of the few members of her family allowed to enter the UK.

“El Chapo” – which means “Short” in Mexican Spanish – founded and led the Sinaloa Cartel, which was once the main supplier of cocaine to the United States, and is believed to have ordered hundreds and possibly thousands of murders.

Mexican security forces arrested him three times, but he escaped twice, contributing to his almost mythical status as arguably the leader of the world’s most powerful cartel, rivaled only by the late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

But he was eventually extradited to the United States and tried in New York in 2019. The jury, which was allowed to remain anonymous for his own safety, found him guilty of drug trafficking, murder and a host of other serious crimes. Before his capture, his net worth was estimated at $1 billion.

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By Sam