Mateo was born in May 2015 to Jane Villanueva and Rafael Solano. He has lived his life, so far, mostly dividing his time between two homes; the Villanueva residence and Rafael's apartment. Mateo recently moved out of his great-grandmother, Alba's, house to his mother and step-father's new residence. According to The Narrator, Mateo has a peculiar sense of humour. He tends to find Michael's silliness very funny and gets along great with his parents, spending half of his time with each of them.
Mateo was conceived after an accidental artificial insemination performed on Jane by Dr. Luisa Alver. The sperm belonging to her brother Rafael, a cancer survivor, which was supposed to be used for his wife at the time, Petra.
- Main article: Mateo and Jane
Mateo is Jane's blessing in many, many ways. He was not a planned child for Jane (as Jane likes to plan her life in strict detail), he is her miracle and his entire existence, from the beginning, has given Jane courage to risk her heart, to test herself, explore and experience life. Mateo's life is Jane's first foray away from her safety net, into a world of adventures – everything she could only dream of and loves writing about.
When Rafael first learns of Mateo, he is shocked at the way Jane got pregnant, but also thrilled at the thought of realising his dream of having a child. While Jane is pregnant, Rafael is excited for the birth and helps Jane wherever possible, but falters when his family issues surface. However, he is still completely involved and present at Mateo's birth, and is excited and enthusiastic about being a great father to Mateo and spending as much time with his son as possible. Rafael does often feel left out of child care for Mateo, is not part of the early baby care, as Mateo lives in the Villanueva house, and feels that he missed out on experiencing every moment of his son's life.
Xiomara often babysits Mateo, while Jane is busy at Grad School and enjoys being a grandmother. She also makes small quips to Mateo about Jane to tease her, similar to Alba and Jane's relationship.
Alba and Mateo spend almost as much time together and Mateo does with his parents – especially his mother – as he is growing up in her house. After his kidnapping and the subsequent toll on the family, Alba was seen to have Xo and Jane rest and taking over care for Mateo a short while, a strong family unit helping each other in times of need.
Little Mateo is also named after his paternal grandfather, his first middle name being Rogelio. His grandfather likes to incorporate this in their exchanges, calling him 'Matelio'.
Luisa and Mateo have not had a lot of contact. Although physically responsible for the emanation of Mateo, Luisa has been absent for long periods during Jane's pregnancy and Mateo's paternal aunt was, unbeknownst to his parents, kidnapped at the time Mateo's christening took place. However, Luisa has been consistently supportive of Rafael and his relationship with Jane, as well as Rafael's wish to secure Mateo a great family life.
- Mateo is named after his great-grandfather
- Mateo Villanueva was deceased before Mateo was born
Mateo meets his other great-grandmother for the first time at 8 months old, and they spend some time together hanging out in Jane's room and taking a walk while she is visiting with the Villanuevas.
Little Mateo meets his great-grandfather for the first time at 8 months old, when Manuel came to visit the Villanuevas for the first time. This also marks the first time Mateo's mother, Jane, meets her paternal grandfather.
- Mateo's aide, Alex, is surprised that Jane's husband died and that Rafael went to prison, as Mateo is not emotionally affected by those events in his life.
- Alex also states that Rafael is Mateo's hero
- Mateo's great-grandmother Alba had six sisters and they all had girls. Therefore, Mateo being named for his late great-grandfather was extra special to the Villanuevas, as he is the first boy born into their family for generations.
- He was kidnapped by Rose/Sin Rostro in Chapter Twenty-Two
- Jane and Rafael got him back in Chapter Twenty-Three
- He is Venezuelan through Xiomara, Mexican through Rogelio, and Italian through Rafael.
Notes and references
- ↑ Chapter Thirty-Five
- ↑ Chapter Twenty-Three
- ↑ Pilot
- ↑ Chapter Fourteen
- ↑ Chapter Twenty
- ↑ Chapter Twenty-Five
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Chapter Thirty-One
- ↑ Chapter Seven