Why Marek Eben and His Wheelchair-Bound Wife Live Apart
Sometimes a story promises a lot and delivers pathetically little.
Today’s Nedělní Blesk lead on TV nice guy Marek Eben and his wheelchair-bound wife, headlined “Why They Live Apart”, definitely falls into this category.
“Presenter Marek Eben (54) lives in Prague on Maiselova street, his wife Markéta [Fišerová] (52) in a cabin not far from Karlovy Vary,” the paper teases on its front page. “A Nědelní Blesk reporter paid [the cabin] an unannounced visit. You can find out what happened on pages 6 and 7.”
And what did happen? Well, not much.
The “cabin” turns out to be in Háje, a “millionaire’s village with its own golf course,” and upon ringing the doorbell, Nedělní Blesk’s reporter is told by a home help that Fišerová “doesn’t want to give an interview”.
And that’s pretty much that.
Markéta, it seems, lives in Háje because their properties there are fully wheelchair-accessible, and Marek visits her there “every time he has a free moment.”
Towards the bottom of the article, by way of background, we learn that Eben, who presents StarDance (the Czech version of Strictly Come Dancing/Dancing With the Stars), is a devout Catholic, that Markéta lost a child during pregnancy 25 years ago and shortly afterwards suffered a major stroke.
Was any of that really worth invading a physically handicapped woman’s privacy for?