Even though Sunday’s story about Athina Onassis was terrible (terrible for Athina), I have to say that I’m pleased that so many people were interested in gossiping about Athina. I find her fascinating! And very gossip-worthy, even though she’s not particularly scandalous. The people around her are scandalous, from her douchebag father to her now-estranged husband Doda Miranda. Doda began romancing Athina when she was still a teenager, and they got married in 2005. They’ve spent the last decade focusing on horses and Athina’s equestrian career. They are both very horsey people, meaning that “loving horses” is a full-time thing and they only seemed to hang out with other horse people. Reportedly, Athina’s security found Doda in bed with the sister of one of those horse people a few weeks ago. And now it looks like Athina and Doda’s marriage is over.
French-Greek heiress Athina Onassis de Miranda and her handsome husband Alvado “Doda” de Miranda Neto have separated, the Brazilian Olympian’s spokeswoman confirms to PEOPLE.
“Anyone who has been through a separation knows how painful it is,” the spokeswoman said, adding, “Doda Miranda and Athina Onassis were married for eleven years and on this journey they shared a life, a love for horses, for sports and for family.”
A source close to the international equestrian tells PEOPLE that the split was caused by Miranda’s alleged cheating.
“When Athina learned of Doda’s cheating in March, she left Wellington, Florida, and has not returned,” the source tells PEOPLE. “She initially fled to Belgium.”
Miranda’s spokeswoman slams reports of an affair, however, telling PEOPLE of the couple, “They maintain a cordial relationship and would like to be able to go through this painful moment with the maximum privacy and respect and not be the victims of any more defamation and dishonest news.” PEOPLE’s attempts to reach Athina Onassis were unsuccessful.
Other sources in the equestrian community are still not sure, though, if the 11-year marriage will end in divorce.
“Doda has been dating the sister of another equestrian as well as engaging in a series of casual relationships,” a source tells PEOPLE. “He has a reputation and their marital issues were the talk of the winter jumping season.”
The heiress, 31, and Miranda, 43, spend winters show jumping in Wellington, the tight-knit equestrian community west of Palm Beach, Florida, where Jessica Springsteen, Georgina Bloomberg, Hillary Dobbs and Jennifer Gates also participate in the sport. Although they live in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the couple spend portions of the summer jumping in different cities of Europe. They have also lived in Belgium with Miranda’s two children from a previous relationship. They bought a $2 million winter home in Wellington last year, and have a great deal in common, especially their passion for horses, riding and being around stables, barns and other horse-loving people.
So, the confirmation of the split comes from his spokesperson, who I can also assume is the source for the quote about how the rumors of his infidelity are “defaming.” What’s also interesting is that while the elite horsey community is insular, there’s always a lot of gossip within the group. My guess is that all of Athina and Doda’s friends in Europe, America and Brazil knew all about his alleged affair/affairs. Meaning someone will talk soon enough, especially if/when Athina files for divorce. My gut says that Doda probably has a mistress on the side already.
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