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This Is What One Of Mexico’s Superstars Told Herself The Day She Decided To Walk Away From Abuse

Kate del Castillo has starred in telenovelas since she was a young girl and has been in the limelight basically her entire life. While some of her fans know about her turbulent marriage and divorce to Mexican soccer star Luis García, Kate recently opened up about the pain she endured during this time of abuse hoping to encourage women to walk away from any kind of abusive relationships.

Kate del Castillo opened up about the alleged domestic abuse she experienced while she was married to soccer player Luis García.

The video was released by Real Women Real Stories is “a social project designed to promote awareness of the often unseen hardships women face in different professions and places around the world.”

In the video, Kate says that when she met Luis she was 27 and thought he was very handsome and charming.

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She said that they dated for almost one year before he proposed. Kate said that looking back now she realizes “There was something in the back of my mind that was like a red light, saying something’s not right.” But added that she was in love and didn’t see those signals.

After only dating for about a year, the couple got married. Kate said things went wrong during their honeymoon.

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“My honeymoon was terrible,” Kate says in the video. She said she’d wait for him to go to sleep so she could cry alone. “I knew things would not be okay.”

“I thought that I had good self-esteem but this man broke me in many, many ways.”

“Even with my work, he would tell me that I’m a horrible actress that I should go and take classes. Every single day he would say, ‘Oh my god, you woke up uglier than yesterday,’ and he would laugh.”

She said it was comments like that that ultimately affected her self-esteem.

“He was the star and he thought that he was the star, but I was a star as well. I was very well known in Mexico, and he didn’t like that.”

Kate said that at first, she only experienced verbal abuse, and then it became physical.

“Then he started touching me and hitting me and kicking me — he tried to choke me many times.”

She said that the marriage only lasted a year and a half but to her, it felt like ten years.

Kate said that she knew she had hit rock bottom when she didn’t recognize herself anymore.

“There was one moment that I clicked eyes with myself, and what I saw devastated me because I was very skinny, I looked old, I looked ugly and of course unhappy. That’s why I’m so pissed about it — it’s not being a victim it’s that who can come and tear you apart and break you, just like that? How easy is that?”

She said she knew she wasn’t happy and that’s not the person she was.

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After looking at herself, she said she didn’t want to see herself in that light anymore. She knew she had to do something. When he went away for the World Cup in Japan, she packed her bags and left.

After walking away, she worked on rebuilding her confidence and self-respect. She says that was the toughest part.

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She says the most frustrating part of this relationship was the self-respect she lost. She was in shock that another person could tear her apart and traumatize her for the rest of her life.

Kate came forward about her story because she wants to help other women.

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“I don’t sacrifice not for my family, not for my career, no. If I do anything it’s because I think it’s for the best. If I give away my things or my emotions or whatever, it’s because in the end I think it’s going to be for the better, and that makes me feel amazing. But there’s no sacrifice. We don’t need to sacrifice. Women, we don’t need to apologize, for anything, for anything. For being a woman? Of course not.”

Luis did respond to her allegations by basically not denying that it happened.

According to Telemundo, he said: “I was very careful to say absolutely nothing, I did not say it several years ago, 15 or so, I will not say it now. For me it was a closed chapter. ”

Watch the full video here:


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Former Nickelodeon Star Drake Bell Has Rebranded as a Latin Artist and People Are Confused

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Former Nickelodeon Star Drake Bell Has Rebranded as a Latin Artist and People Are Confused

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When you think of successful Latin music artists, the name “Drake Bell” probably doesn’t come to mind. In fact, the name “Drake Bell” probably doesn’t come to mind when you think of any musician–the man hasn’t been on the radar much since his Nickelodeon went off the airwaves in 2007. But recently, the former teen star has been making headlines for his unexpected career pivot.

Fans were confused when Drake Bell posted a video to Instagram advertising his services on the celebrity “shout out” app, Cameo on Saturday. While the message was run-of-the-mill (find me on Cameo! Pay me money!), the content was what was surprising: Bell relayed the message in both English and Spanish. A deeper dive into Bell’s social media history quickly explained the perplexing post.

Last November, Bell announced on his Twitter page that he would only be posting in Spanish on his social media pages from that point forward.

Shortly after, he changed his profile name from “Drake Bell” to “Drake Campana” (get it?). He also reps a Mexican flag next to his name.

As of now, Bell has released a dual Spanish-English language album called “Sesiones En Casa” with songs named “Fuego Lento” and “La Camisa Negra”. According to Spotify statistics, Bell’s strategy seems to be working. Out of the dozens of songs he’s released over the year, two of Bell’s Top Five streamed Spotify songs are Spanish-language ones.

It seems that Drake “Campana” Bell is truly committing to becoming a full-time Latin pop star.

Bell described his decision in a July interview with Esquire Mexico. ““I wanted to do something with Latin rhythms for my fans in Mexico,” he said. “I wanted to do something like what I have heard on my tours and visits to Mexico. I love writing in Spanish, it is a beautiful language.”

He explained that his love of Mexican culture comes from growing up in Southern California, which is geographically close to the Mexican border. Growing up near Mexico made him “fall in love” with the culture. He also posted a picture to Instagram of his own Mexican ID with a Mexican address, suggesting that he’s made the country his new home.

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Some fans are skeptical of the timing of Bell’s image re-brand.

Earlier this year, Bell’s ex-girlfriend, Jimi Ono, took to TikTok to accuse the singer of abusing her while they were together from 2006 to 2009. Ono outlined the accusations in a disturbing TikTok video.

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This is my truth. I hope this message reaches young girls, and that no one has to go through what I did. #2020survivor

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“When I started dating Drake, I was 16. I was homeschooled. I moved in with him,” Ono said. “It wasn’t until about a year when the verbal abuse started, and when I say ‘verbal abuse,’ imagine the worst type of verbal abuse you could ever imagine, and that was what I got. It then turned to physical–hitting, throwing, everything.”

Bell publicly denied the accusations, calling them a “misguided quest for more money or attention”. Other observers have noted that Bell began his re-brand about a year ago while Ono’s accusations become public just a few months ago. So, it seems like Bell’s decision to focus on his Mexican fans had been in the works for a while.

It’s likely we’ll never know the true reasons behind Bell’s decision to become a Latin artist, but it’s most plausible that his sales were simply doing better in Mexico. And if his re-brand was simply a stunt for more attention, well…it’s working.

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Kate del Castillo Sets the Record Straight About El Chapo on ‘Red Table Talk: The Estefans’

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Kate del Castillo Sets the Record Straight About El Chapo on ‘Red Table Talk: The Estefans’

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In a bombshell episode of “Red Table Talk: The Estefans”, superstar Mexican actress Kate del Castillo went on the record about the event that changed the course of her life: her meeting with the notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

In an episode entitled “Surviving Betrayal: Kate del Castillo’s Comeback”, the telenovela star attempts to clear her name.

As background, del Castillo attracted global attention when the media discovered that she had been talking to and visiting with El Chapo after his 2015 escape from prison. According to del Castillo, their entire relationship (which she insists was strictly platonic) was sparked by a message she Tweeted out in which she said: “Today I believe more in El Chapo Guzman than in the governments that hide truths from me.” Emboldened by this state, El Chapo took it upon himself to contact the telenovela actress, whom he had long admired, for a meeting. 

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Del Castillo insisted that the meeting was purely business-related. 

Del Castillo told El Chapo she wanted to make a movie about his life, and he agreed. Soon enough, Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn expressed his interest in the movie. And before they knew it, Penn, his producers, and del Castillo all hopped on a private jet to meet El Chapo.

It was at this meeting that Penn conducted his infamous “Rolling Stone” interview with El Chapo–an interview that del Castillo helped translate. Del Castillo told the Estefans that El Chapo was staring at her with a massive smile on his face the whole time she was there–he only had eyes for her. 

At the end of the night, El Chapo showed her to the room she would be staying in. “We didn’t even know that we were going to stay there!” del Castillo told the Estefans. “I thought I was going to be raped and definitely killed or something like that. He could’ve done whatever the hell he wanted to.” But El Chapo left her alone and the visit ended shortly after that. 

Del Castillo claims that her and Penn got out of there in the nick of time. “Literally 24-hours after we left, the military came in and started shooting,” she said. 

Although del Castillo left the meeting with her life intact, her future was forever changed.

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Del Castillo was charged by the Mexican government with obstruction of justice and money laundering. Sean Penn, however, struck a deal with “Rolling Stone” to be covered under journalism laws–he and his producing partners got off scott-free.

More than anything, del Castillo felt betrayed and foolish that she was used as a pawn by Sean Penn. “When all of us committed the same crime, why was I the only one with charges?” del Castillo asked the Estefans. Not only was del Castillo embroiled in legal controversy, but a media circus cropped up around her as well.

Rumors of a romance between her and El Chapo abounded–rumors that she vehemently denies. 

Del Castillo choked up as she explains the torture that her parents went through in those days. “[The press] were saying that I was ‘la puta del Chapo’. That I had business with him, that I was laundering money.” But del Castillo says her parents always stood by her and never believed the rumors.

Because of the ordeal, Kate del Castillo was forced to flee Mexico, leaving her family, friends, and career behind. She has now taken up residence in Los Angeles. But del Castillo feels anything but safe. “I got a gun, and I sleep with my gun next to me,” she revealed. She believes that the Mesican government is embarassed that she was able to locate El Chapo before they were. “Everybody here knows that if something happens to me or my family, it’s not el cartel. It’s going to be the Mexican government,” she said. 

To this day, there is no evidence that El Chapo ever paid del Castillo any money. But still, del Castillo has not returned to Mexico. Check out the “Red Table Talk: the Estefans” episode, “Surviving Betrayal: Kate del Castillo’s Comeback” here.

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