qvMagazine's June 2000
of the Month
qvInterview with superstar Enrique.
Enrique Iglesias, the son of
world-famous recording legend, Julio Iglesias, was born on May
8, 1975 in Madrid, Spain. At the age of 7, Enrique moved to Miami,
Florida, where he experienced the best of three cultures: Hispanic,
European, and American-each with their own musical styles.
Enrique's recording career officially
began in 1995 with the release of his self-titled debut album.
Since then, he has sold more than 10 million albums and has won
all kinds of awards, including the 1996 Grammy for Best Latin
His first world tour, 1997's
"Vivir," was considered the biggest tour ever by a
Latin performer as it covered 13 countries and was attended by
more than 720,000 people.
Enrique has made records in Spanish,
Italian, and Portuguese, and last year, he released his first
English-language album after signing a $42 million contract with
Interscope Records. He then scored three big U.S. hits with the
songs "Bailamos," "Rhythm Divine,"and "Be
As a person, Iglesias is a perpetual
jokester, sportsman, enthusiast, old-fashioned romantic, optimist,
cinema devotee, loyal television viewer, and an inveterate consumer
of any and all types of music that falls into his hands.
qvMagazine briefly chatted with
Enrique and asked him a few questions about his dreams, his family,
and his QV fans.
When you were
born, they probably wrapped you with silk diapers. So what do
you dream about? I just want
to be and feel like anyone else. Of course, the rhythm of my
life goes so fast, and, wow, it goes fast! I dream of being able
to sing for many years.
what is it that you enjoy most in life? I love the ocean. I really love sailing; that
is something that I really enjoy. I love being with my friends
and my family, although we don't get to spend a lot of time together.
About your father...he
brags that he has slept with over 2,000 women in his lifetime.
Will you follow in his footsteps? (Laughs)
No, I want my story to be different.
And what about
Javier, the guy who claims to be a son of your father. Do you
think he is your brother? I
don't know. I seriously don't know. I met him, but I don't know
what to say. That is an issue between my dad and him, and I don't
want to get involved in it.
How do you feel
about competition? You've got Ricky Martin and Luis Miguel...I think they are great singers, and I
think they are doing a great job. But I don't have time to think
about them or their careers. I think about mine, and the things
that I have to do.
You've had the
chance to explore many other cultures and philosophies. Do you
believe in life after this one? No,
I don't believe in that. When you die, you die-and that's it.
You always mention
Mexico as the place where you made your career. Why? I love Mexico. My success started in
Mexico, and I will never forget that. I am Spanish (born in Madrid),
or maybe a citizen of the world now, but my heart is in Mexico.
My heart is Mexican, and I love Mexican people.
With all due
respect, are you QV? No.
(Pauses) I am not. I don't find anything attractive in a man.
So then, what
would you say to your QV fans? I
respect the sexual preferences of everybody. Everybody has a
right to like or love who ever they want. I respect QV people
a lot. I have a lot of friends who are QV, and I respect them.
A great deal of my public is QV.
--by Eddie Sakaki
For more about Enrique, visit:
Enrique Iglesias Official Site