He had a secret family. In 1991, a year after Simone's death from cancer, Jacques announced that he had a mistress & an entire secret family. He told the world that he had been having a longtime affair with Francine Triplet, who was more than 30 years his junior & he had two secret children from the affair. He later married Triplet.
In 1985, Cousteau and his crew ventured to Cuba to research the country's unique system for managing its lobster population. While there, Cousteau received Fidel Castro on his ship for dinner. Castro seemed to take a liking to Cousteau; the dictator allowed the diver to liberate 80 political prisoners. Cousteau and his team also received another unique honor: they became the first non-Cubans to pass through the gate of the U.S. Navy's Guantanamo Bay installation since the Cuban missile crisis 24 years earlier.