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Miguel Was Once A Preacher And Then He Discovered The Power Of His Own Music

We all know Miguel as the R&B heartthrob shaking up the genre with his indie pop and soul influences. His breakout album, Kaleidoscope dream (2012) put him on the map, right alongside contemporaries. Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, and The Weeknd.

Before he made it on the map, he was kind of a shy kid, and deeply religious. If you thought he was born a sex god, you’re wrong. He confesses that he was a “very late bloomer” in life.

Born as Miguel Jontel Pimentel, the singer is just 33 years old.

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He was born and raised in San Pedro, California, a beach town. His mother is African-American and his father is Mexican-American. His parents divorced when he was eight years old, and lived under his mother’s roof.

Miguel has written songs about the struggle of being Afro-Latino.

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In “What’s Normal Anyway?,” he sings Too proper for the black kids / Too black for the Mexicans.”  He told NME that he used to really struggle with that growing up but he’s in acceptance around his identity today.

In 2017, Miguel traveled to Zamora to visit his Mexican side of the family for the first time.

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His own grandmother used to sing at the radio station that they ended up visiting. He sang his cover of “Contigo” by Los Planchos as a tribute to his Nana. “I haven’t felt the kind of nervousness that I did at the radio station. Ever. You want to make your family proud. And I think that’s a different kind of pressure,” he said according to Latino USA.

His mother didn’t let him go to parties.

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“My mother was really into her religion, and I was, too, to be honest with you,” he tells The Guardian. “But at the same time I was torn, because as a kid you want to do things. And my mom was very keen on keeping me away from temptation. “

Miguel didn’t really have any friends in high school.

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“I was not a part of the social scene in high school. I wasn’t going to parties, I wasn’t drinking, I wasn’t smoking, I definitely wasn’t smoking weed, I wasn’t having sex,” he tells all to The Guardian. “Late bloomer. Really late bloomer.”

Feeling out of place both ethnically and socially was the inspiration for “What’s Normal Anyway?”

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When his musician brother Nicholas listened to the song for the first time, he wept. “On top of the normal inadequacies and insecurities that you feel in your adolescence,” he tells The Guardian.

You add the layer of wanting to connect with people and then having to keep a safe distance based on what you’re being taught, your spirituality, and that adds a whole other confusing layer. As much as people knew me, it’s not like I had friends.”

It was his Mexican father who introduced him to music and encouraged him to live a little.

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His father, who is a teacher, would tell him about all the crazy things he did at his age and encouraged him to step out of line. Miguel was too afraid to betray his mother and the religiosity he was so entrenched in.

Miguel would go door to door preaching the bible as a teenager.

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His mother is a preacher as well and always wanted him to grow up to become a preacher. She never expected he would become a famous musician.

When he went to college, he discovered sex, drugs, and music.

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He stopped going to church and bible studies and started forming his own path. “I’m still very much in touch with my spirituality. I never gave up on God,” he told The Guardian. “I just found my own way.”

Today, Miguel is a Grammy award winning artist (and sex symbol, let’s be real.)

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Since his first album release, “All I Want is You,” he’s released three more albums, all of which have reached mass critical acclaim. Critics love to compare his vocals to Prince, and he ships it.

His most swoon-worthy quality? Dedicating his awards to his Nana.

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Caption: “dedicating this award to my Nana, thank you @almaawards

Miguel also uses his platform for good.

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Caption: “This dude put his is whole career, everything he worked his whole life for on the line to shed light on injustice in this country only to be treated unfairly and black balled and he hasn’t stopped. Cant think of anyone better suited to deliver this message.”

Fun fact: He usually wears a calavera on his ring finger.

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He told The Guardian, “I always wear this ring on this finger, the skull with a sombrero. The skull is a reminder that we don’t live forever.” As for the sombrero? “Well, you know, I’m Latino, so it just felt right.”

He has “Amar hasta la muerte” tattooed on his body.

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“Which means ‘Love me to death’ or ‘Love till death’, depending on how you interpret it,” he told The Guardian.

He’s been with model and actor Nazanin Mandi for over a decade.

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Yeah. We’re swooning. The guy is committed. You might recognize her from his music video for “Coffee.”

The two got married in late 2018.

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If you follow @miguel at all, you also know that he’s obsessed with her butt. Like, every post with her is about her butt. 😂

They both have queen of diamonds tattoos.

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They’ve never revealed the meaning, but we know that they do want to have kids at some point. Making every Mexican dad proud at this point.

While Miguel is definitely in the social scene these days, his spirituality looks different.

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He’s a big fan of transcendental meditation. “It’s good to take a breath from everything and just center yourself. That is the best way of describing it,” he told Hot 93.7 station.

The goal of his music is to leave fans feeling encouraged.

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After a tour, he told The Guardian, “I know the fans go away with something greater than just music. Yes, they come and hear the songs they like – I’ve got a great band, all my stuff is great – but the most important thing is, they leave encouraged. They leave believing in themselves.”

“I want to give people as much of myself as possible.”

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Soak it all up on with his latest drop “Wildheart” released under RCA Records.

READ: Miguel Has Chosen His Side In The Major League Soccer Battle For Los Angeles

These Quotes From 'One Day At A Time' Are Too Relatable For Every Latino Watching

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These Quotes From ‘One Day At A Time’ Are Too Relatable For Every Latino Watching

Netflix’s “One Day at a Time” reboot is truly a flawless work of art. There’s so much healing to be had watching a Cuban family on screen be unapologetically Cuban navigating the present day realities of anxiety, depression, post-war veteran issues, and raising feminist children with an old school abuelita in the house.

This show has historically guaranteed a consistent ratio of five good laughs to every good cry per season. The latest season brought that ratio up tenfold since Lydia had no health scares and nobody was rejected by their father for their sexuality. Pure jaja’s here on out.

When Lupe took advantage of Lydia’s inexperience with hotel nightstands.

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Lupe: “Mami, look what I got you.”

Lydia: “A Bible? And you arranged for this?”

Lupe: “Yeah.”

So touching. 😆

When Lupe jokes about taking soda from the minibar.

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She’s not wrong. Lupe is no bobo. She brought sandbags to account for the weight sensors and will replace them later. Relatable.

When Lupe tries to teach Elena how to drive.

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Elena: “You’re watching me parallel park and screaming, ‘WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE.'”

Lupe: “Yeah. That’s how you teach someone to drive.”

Real life script from all our driving lessons with Mami saying, “Hurry up and slow down.” Perdón, what?! 😅

When Alex used the word “Yeezy” in a sentence and Lydia responds like this:

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Alex was indefinitely grounded like every other good Cuban boy and wanted his abuela to go buy the “new Yeezys that drop tomorrow.” Lydia goes, “I just talked to Jesus and he didn’t say anything.”

And then when Lupe discovers her son spent $300 on a pair of shoes.

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Lupe: “$300 for a pair of shoes? They better come with $280 stuffed in them.”

When Alex nailed how every family gathering feels.

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I mean, it was a funeral so maybe poor taste but so true. They’re all coming at you, arms outstretched, smearing their red lipstick on your face to mark you. 💋

When even Obama couldn’t convince Lupe that Alex could smoke pot.

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Alex: “Besides, tons of successful people have smoked weed. Barack Obama. Steve Jobs. Oprah.”

Lupe: “Unemployed, dead and Gayle just said that to get ratings.”

When Lydia enabled toxic masculinity in her grandson.

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Lydia: “Pobrecito, Papito, he was so said because he asked Chloe out and she said no. But what did I tell you? “You keep trying. Wear her down. Don’t take no for an answer.” And tiki toki now he has a girlfriend.”

Lupe: “Mami, you literally told Alex that no means yes?”

Lydia: “Oh, nooo, no. What I said was, ‘Every no is a yes in disguise.'” 🤭

When, on Valentine’s Day, Alex felt the need to point out that he’s not in a relationship with his abuelita.

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Lydia: “It’s nice to have so many couples under one roof.”

Leslie: “Yeah. I’m your classic ninth wheel.”

Alex: “I just need to say it. Abuelita and I are not together.”

Abuela’s favoritism over the first-born grandson can be creepy, verdad.

When the competition for most overprotective parent ended like this.

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Mateo: “I didn’t even let him go on a sleepover till he was 14.”

Lupe: “You let a baby sleep over at a stranger’s house? We didn’t even have furniture with corners on it until Alex was 12.”

And then they had their first kiss. Latinos.

When the only way you can fool around with your novio is when your mom is in the bathroom.

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Elena: “Remember that time she had food poisoning?”

Syd: “That was so hot.”

The gig’s up, kids.

When Elena sees gay everywhere except the obvious.

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Elena: “[Cousin Pilar] the only gay in the family.”

Flavio: “Do you have any chapstick? Pero if it’s not Fenty by Rihanna then I don’t even want to look at it.”

Elena: “Not now, Flavio!”

When Elena was the only one who would want to wear a “V.A.G.” dad hat.

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Schneider originally made it for Elena’s dad, an acronym for Victor Alvarez Guapísimo. He was like, “yeah, I’m not going to wear that.” Go, Elena!

When Lydia pronounced “masterpiece” as “master-piss.”

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It’s on her “bouqet” list. Not bucket list. It’s an “arrangement” of beautiful things she wants to do before she kicks the bucket.

When Lupe’s sex talk became the story of how she became Tunelope.

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Lupe: “One day, you’re fine. Next day, you have sex. The day after that, the boy you lost your virginity to doesn’t call you back, and you’re filling the glove compartment of his Camaro with tuna so he knows he messed with the wrong girl. Then, you’re called “Tunelope” for the rest of high school. Worth it? Yes.”

Turns out, Elena didn’t have sex, but she became a woman after stealing hotel toiletries.

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It was a very touching moment that we can all relate to. That cookie tin of hotel toiletries overfloweth.

When Lydia’s conspiracy theory gets in the way of writing her recipes down.

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Lupe: “Mami just write down the recipes, then we can have them forever.”

Lydia: “I cannot do that. My sister Mirtha will break in, she will steal the recipes, she will rappel out the window and tiky toky, she will be on The Food Network winning the Chopped.”

When the vieja inevitably threatens her death to get what she wants.

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We’ve all heard this in all its most insidious forms before: “One day, when I’m not here, I hope your children treat you the same you did me.” It’s savage.

And then when you come around and say, “I hope you never die,” they have to ruin the moment.

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Ooh, Lydia. Why you gotta ruin such a touching moment?

When Lupe strategically put Alex in a red and white stripe shirt so she could spy on him later.

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Schneider: “Oh my god, you “Waldo-ed” him.”

Lupe: “Ayy, there’s my Waldito.”

When the MAGA bomb drops.

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We wish every real-life moment of a tía saying this kind of ish ended with the episode going dark. Praying Lupe teaches us how to deal with this in Season 4.

READ: The All-Time Best Quotes From Lydia On ODAAT That Are Too Relatable

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