The widow of the late Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards, who died at the age of 93, is now about to marry his best friend John Alario, another senior state politician.
Trina Edwards, 44, is now planning to wed 79-year-old Alario — a close friend of her late husband — on June 1 in New Orleans after he proposed last August. Edwards died on July 12, 2021.
Alario is a former president of the Louisiana State Senate and House Speaker, and Trina even suggested to her late husband when he was alive that she would marry Alario once he passed away.
Edwards initially said no – based on the fact that Alario “has no money” – but they told Trina to do whatever she wanted.
The beloved couple — whose former partners have both passed away — will be led by Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice John L. Weimer during the “short, private ceremony” in the building’s courtyard, reports The lawyer.
Trina, who has been a hairdresser for years, was previously open about having a “type” – saying she had conversations with Edwin about her apparent age difference, where they discussed her remarriage after he passed away.
New love: John Alario, 79, is pictured with his new fiancé Trina Edwards, 44. Trina revealed that after her husband’s death, she was bombarded with suitors who blew up her phone – including lawyers and politicians – hoping to get a date with her to get. But it was John’s invitation to a soccer game that sparked their newfound love, and six months later they were officially a couple.
Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards poses with his wife Trina Edwards in 2014. They began talking while he was in jail. They share one son together. Edwards died in 2021 and now Trina is remarrying
Last year, she admitted that “older men treat you better,” after going through a divorce years ago with the father of her two adult sons. Trina also said she got “grief for going out so soon after his death.”
But Trina also revealed that after her husband’s death, she was bombarded with suitors who blew up her phone — including lawyers and politicians — hoping to get her on a date.
But it was John’s invitation to a soccer game that sparked their newfound love, and six months later they were officially a couple.
Trina added, “Edwin is hard to follow, but John is keeping up pretty well.”
Speaking of her new fiancé, Trina said, “John has so many amazing qualities. He’s smart and funny. He is always kind and has such a wonderful and loving spirit.
“He’s a great dad, so I have no doubt he’ll be a great stepdad to Eli. I feel blessed to have found someone to love, who loves not only me, but also my children. I look forward to this next chapter in our lives. I’m really lucky!’
John Alario has one daughter, who is 54, and Eli is the nine-year-old son Trina shared with her late husband Edwin.
Speaking of her new fiancé, Trina said, “John has so many amazing qualities. He’s smart and funny. He is always kind and has such a wonderful and loving spirit’
Last year, Trina told Jim Engster during a candid interview on his Talk Louisiana show, “(Edwin) would say, ‘I think you should marry so-and-so after I die.”
And I’d say, “No, he’s not my type.” And one time I said, “What about John Alario?” And he said, “Oh, no. He doesn’t.”
And I said, “Why is that?” He said, “He has no money.” I said, “Well, you have no money.” He said, “Oh, yes. I think you’re right. Do what you want.”
She also revealed that she somewhat regretted exhuming Edwin’s remains to have them cremated after his death – which caused friction between her and his daughters.
Edwards, a four-term governor who served eight years in prison for corruption, was married three times and has five children before his death in July 2021.
His four eldest children – Anna, Victoria, Stephen and David – are from his first marriage to Elaine Edwards. The couple – who met in high school and were married for 40 years – divorced in 1989 and she passed away in 2018.
Edwards next married Candy Picou in 1994, but she divorced him after his trial and conviction for racketeering, which led to his incarceration in 2004.
While Edwards was behind bars, he got into a relationship with Trina Grimes Scott, who – at 51 years his junior – began writing him in prison.
Trina, who has two sons in their 20s from a previous relationship, says Edwards told her he would marry her the second time they met. She says she started writing to him after reading one of the governor’s books and being impressed by his intellect.
Upon his release, the couple married and welcomed a son Eli, who is now nine, using semen that the governor froze a decade earlier after reversing a vasectomy.