Who is Gloria Estefan's husband? 'Father of the Bride' star names 'only other man she's kissed in 47 years'
In a recent interview, Gloria Estefan, the Grammy-winning singer and actor, spoke about how strange it felt to kiss another man in 47 years but she was glad it was Andy Garcia. She said, "First of all, we've been friends forever. But if I ever had to kiss anyone in a movie, I'm glad it was Andy because he made me feel comfortable."
The 64-year-old talked about her movie, ‘Father of the Bride’, on Today, in which she and Andy play Ingrid and Billy, a long time couple considering divorce in the movie. Mentioning how she and Andy have been close friends for decades but still it was awkward to kiss someone other than her husband, Emilio Estefan, she said, "I shipped Emilio out of state. I wanted him out of the studio because I didn't want his energy anywhere near there. It was Ingrid kissing Billy. So, it's the character. But still, you know. He's the only man I've kissed after Emilio in 47 years!"
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When asked about how the kiss was? Estefan responded, "Lovely. It was a lovely kiss." While Andy said, "It was a kiss out of respect for her, and for women, and for family, and for reunion. That's what the kiss was about."
It is the first time the singer will star in a lead role. She explained how she did not have to give any audition for the role and that Andy told her that her casting was not difficult as he trusted her. ‘Father of the Bride’ is the Cuban-American remake of 1991 original, starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Martin Short and Kimberly Williams-Paisley. Written by Matt Lopez and directed by Gaz Alazraki, the storyline finds Andy and Estefan playing the parents preparing for their daughter’s wedding where Estefan’s character, Ingrid, has grown frustrated by her husband’s ways and wants a divorce from him. The film, which released on Thursday, June 16, is available on HBO Max.
Who is Gloria Estefan's husband?
While Estefan is speaking about her on-screen kiss and why it was special, fans were wondering who is Estefan's better half who has captured her heart. Few know that the singer had the biggest pop hits of the late '80s and the majority were produced by her husband, Emilio Estefan. The couple, who worked together before, got married in 1978. Emilio has many feathers in his hat, the brightest being a 19-time Grammy-award winner. He is also a songwriter, record and television producer, best-selling author, filmmaker and cultural ambassador. He has also directed and influenced the careers of many musical talents, including Shakira, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Jon Secada, Jennifer López and others. He was one of the founding leaders of the Latin Grammy Awards, inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame and named the first “Person of the Year” by the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. His accomplishments include being selected as the second vice chair to the Commission for the National Museum of the American Latino by former President Barack Obama. Former President George W. Bush also appointed him as a member of the President’s Committee of the Arts and Humanities.
They met at a friend's house back in the mid 1970s. However, romance started to blossom a year after the pair began playing together which eventually led to Miami Sound Machine. Speaking to USA Today in 2020, the singer admitted that they initially tried to keep things professional. But within a year of joining the band, Estefan had become Emilio's girlfriend. She also said, "With age, different things become more important. We've been very, very sexually happy, and we're very connected. I think that's one of the secrets of the marriage."
The 2019 Gershwin prize winners have during their more than 30-year career, built a musical empire and made listening to Cuban-infused music one of America’s favorite pastimes. The Library of Congress details how the couple started their extraordinary rise to global fame in 1985 with Miami Sound Machine, creating a unique sound that blended Latin and pop rhythms. Some of their hits include “Conga,” “Turn the Beat Around,” “Get on Your Feet” and “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You." The song “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You” in March 2019 was named to the National Recording Registry, an exclusive group of sound recordings selected for preservation because of their cultural, historic or aesthetic importance to the nation’s audio heritage.
The duo were both named BMI’s “Songwriter of the Year” and have garnered 26 Grammy Awards between them. They also have a Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical “On Your Feet!,” which they executive produced. In addition to their musical talents, they are also successful entrepreneurs, philanthropists and humanitarians. The Estefans have received numerous awards, including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.