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I Thought Rebelde Was My Life, But Instead It Was Taking Over My Life

We all develop random obsessions while growing up. For me, “Rebelde” was that obsession. Somewhere between elementary school and middle school, I became addicted to the telenovela “Rebelde.” And I admit I went a little overboard as a “Rebelde” and RBD fanatic.

The first thing I did when I got home was walk straight to the TV and flip the channel to “Rebelde.” 


Thankfully, it started at 3 p.m. so I had about 15 minutes to hop in my mom’s car, get home and dash to the TV. It was always a fight between me and my mom about whose turn it was to watch their novela. Eventually my family learned not to bother me when I was watching “Rebelde.” It became my me time, my distraction from the world, my meditation. It was just me Roberta, Mia, and the rest of the students at Elite High School. 

I memorized the lyrics to every single RBD song. So as soon as I heard “Y soy Rebelde,” I would be like…

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“THAT’S MY BAND, YO.” I considered myself the sixth member. Don’t even get me started on the ballads. My single, never-been-kissed-self would cry every time I listened to “Sálvame,” which was always on repeat. No shade to The Beatles, but RBD is music’s greatest band. 

To this day, I still rock RBD merch. 

I still wear Rebelde merch to pay homage to the novela that shaped the crazy 20-something year old that I am now. While everyone else was watching “90210,” I was watching “Rebelde.” This telenovela was a way for me to connect with my culture and my language. I went from being shamed about my accent to singing at the top of my lungs to RBD’s music. RBD helped me reconnect with my culture and to this day, I love RBD for that. 

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Every single RBD CD, you name it, I had it.


Most kids my age spent their money on shoes and clothes, this was where all of my allowances went. I started selling food at my school — I even became known as the Hot-Cheeto plug on campus. I was the cool kid walking around with a walkman wearing plaid everything and my little brother’s tie around my neck. It’s called fashun, look it up. 

I spent money on this hard, flavorless gum!

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I spent all my money on this gum just to collect the limited edition RBD stickers. Maybe this is what gave me so many cavities, but it was “Rebelde!” The guy at the tiendita en la esquina knew to save those for me. Did I develop TMJ because of this? Yes. Was it worth it? Yes. 

And my sticker collection got bigger and bigger.

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The stickers made me so happy. They were all over my locker, binder and books. But my absolute favorite sticker collection was the collection of jewel stickers I saved so I could wear in the middle of my eyebrows just like Mia Colucci. 

My room was decked out with Rebelde posters.


Because I couldn’t think of anything more colorful to decorate my room with. I had one with the entire group. I had an entire wall dedicated to posters of the guys. My favorite poster was one of young Diego Boneta. I knew since then that we were destined to be together. 

A LOT of posters.


Anyone that entered my room would knew right away that I was sort of, kind of, reeeeeally a fan of “Rebelde.” And I can’t leave out the posters of the girls. I had a massive poster of my queen Mia Colucci, Roberta and even her mom, Alma Rey. 

When it came time for back-to-school shopping, there was no stopping me.

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I had to have it all. Give me the notebook, the backpack, the pencils. I had a ton of Rebelde t-shirts and still have some today. Also, for breakfast, I would only eat Rebelde-sponsored foods. Did I ever see them actually studying in the show? No. Still, I had to have every product that had their precious faces printed. 

And I was always prepared with my Rebelde swag.


If I wasn’t dressed in plaid with my little brother’s tie, I had to rock every kind of Rebelde merch that was ever made. Bomber jackets with embroidered Rebelde, I had it. Hats, you know it. I even had Rebelde undies that my mom picked up from a random fashion mart. 

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Every time a teacher gave me a sticker, I’d stick it to my forehead because that’s what Mía Colucci did.


I used to walk around with a sticker, big or small, and say things like “Qué difícil es ser yo!” I started flipping my hair every chance I had and I even started acting like a brat calling my dad daddy in an obnoxious way every time I wanted something from him. Mía was my queen and I wanted to be just like her. 

I even insisted on having a “Rebelde” themed birthday party…

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TBH, this wasn’t that hard to convince my friends. Everything we owned was already red, black and white. We had our outfits ready and we even knew what we were going to play the night of the party — RBD karaoke! 

…which required all of my friends and cousins to dress in “Rebelde” uniforms.

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As you can see, I wasn’t the only one who was slightly obsessed. My friends and little cousins also had complete outfits. This made for the best #squadgoals photos way before Instagram even existed. I took my birthday theme very seriously. 

“Rebelde” was my life! 

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To me, Rebelde was way more than a telenovela or a teen band. It was a connection to my culture. Because of this group of kids, I shared a few more hours with my parents, I started watching TV in Spanish again and I wanted to wear my culture on my sleeve all over again. I wanted to be just like the kids on the show. I started speaking their slang, wearing their clothing. When other kids on campus saw that I was an RBD fan, they gravitated toward me. It was a way for me to connect with the other Latino kids at school. RBD brought us together. 


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All Six Members Of RBD Got Together For A Group Photo, And Fans Think They’re Teasing A Reunion Tour—Here’s Why It Might Be True

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All Six Members Of RBD Got Together For A Group Photo, And Fans Think They’re Teasing A Reunion Tour—Here’s Why It Might Be True

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RBD members reunited and posted a picture of it on New Year’s Eve. Fans were left wondering whether the reunion meant that we might be getting another album? Perhaps a tour? Or maybe we’ll get a Rebelde remake this year? Here’s why we think the former band members might be hinting at an upcoming project together.

Every Latinx kid’s favorite band of the early 00s might be getting back together.

If you grew up Latinx in the early 2000s, you were probably obsessed with Rebelde at one point or another —like the rest of us. Fans hadn’t seen all members together since 2008, when Anahi, Alfonso “Poncho” Herrera, Maite Perroni, Christopher von Uckermann and Christian Chavez were on their farewell tour. 

12 years later, the band got together again to tease their fans.

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Dulce Maria was the first to upload the reunion photo with her old bandmates. “Que el 2020 esté lleno de sorpresas que alegren su ❤️!  Feliz año!!!,” “May 2020 be full of surprises that cheer your heart,” she wrote on Twitter. 

The picture shows Dulce in a group hug with her 5 former band members.

It is not yet clear why the former RBD members were together, whether it was just a regular chat, maybe their working on an upcoming documentary, or a reunion and world tour. What’s true is that seeing the six of them in the same room, sparked the public’s anxiety. And they have thoughts. 

2020 is BLESSED

Needless to say that the reunion photo sent fans into overdrive, with them expressing their excitement all over twitter and the comment section of the Instagram photos posted by band members themselves. 

A lot of fans are getting their hopes up already

It is important to remember that many of the members often said that this meeting would not happen due to political differences and past discussions. The artists themselves talked about some dark times they went through during the period of time when RBD was at it’s most popular. Others remember the time with affection and say they would come back, if this happened by mutual agreement —and fans don’t even know what to expect anymore. 

Seeing all the members together after more than 10 years has sent twitter into a frenzy.

This user is ready to spend her life savings to sing ‘Solo quedate en silencio’ at the top of her lungs one more time.

Eff #WorldWarIII give us an RBD reunion tour!

This fan is not bothered about the rising tension between the US and Iran as long as RBD gets back together

The reunion actually took place before Christmas

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Para siempre. ❤️

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That RBD reunion actually took place around Dec. 23 when Anahi and her bandmates uploaded a similar photo featuring the band in a group hug that didn’t show their faces. “Para siempre,” she captioned it.

Interestingly enough, all band members uploaded the same group hug on December 23.

Poncho posted the photo and dismissed all reunion rumors, saying that the 6 were only getting together as friends, with no “pesos signs,” “no interests,” “just friends getting together”: “11 años después… Citando a Mai Este es el verdadero reencuentro, no el que evidentemente se esperaría anunciar, no es el de los números, ni es un negocio de otros , ni tiene signos de pesos , el reencuentro de los seis.’ Reencuentro de amig@s, mas no de intereses.”

Christian and Christopher also posted the same photo just before Christmas

“6 souls that will never be apart!! 11 years later, the love is still intact, this is the real reunion. December 2008-December 2019” was his caption.

To add even more layers to the mystery, they all posted another group photo on the same date again.

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Cuando una no es ninguna… ¡Feliz 2020!

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All 6 RBD members posted a group photo again on the same day —December 31. “Cuando una no es ninguna,” said Poncho. The bandmates previously regrouped in a photo in 2015 sans Herrera. With all of them present this time around, and with all of them timing the publication of their images on the same dates, we can’t help but suspect that this was more than just a friendly get together.

Here’s to hoping we get an RBD reunion in 2020 —or at least a fun documentary. All of us rebeldes are dying to sing the nostalgic tunes of our adolescence, as was proven when #RBDForever became a trending topic on Twitter after the photo’s release.

Here Is What You Told Us You Wanted To Accomplish In The New Year And We’re Rooting For You

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Here Is What You Told Us You Wanted To Accomplish In The New Year And We’re Rooting For You

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It’s that time of year where we make promises to ourselves (and to others about how we’re going to try a little harder in the coming year. How next year is going to be a big one. It’s going to be 2020! We asked our female readers what New Year’s resolutions they had for 2020, and here are some really great ones that we can all aspire to. 

“Follow through with applying to grad school.”

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This is an excellent resolution and one I can relate to 100 percent. This year, after years of graduating from college, I finally decided to really apply for grad school and not put it off any longer. While it may seem challenging to go back to school, especially if you’re working full-time and are scared to get into debt, there are ways to jump over those hurdles. 

For starters, if you’re still working, sign up for only one class. This is manageable, and I can say from experience. If you sign up for one class, you can fit it into your schedule. There’s also a ton of schools that offer online courses, and that works for busy people even more because you can be on the go and still get an education. 

Now if you don’t want to get into debt, but want that second degree, there are so many scholarships that are mainly for people who are going back to school, or that are moms, or that are over a certain age. There are scholarships for the most individual person, all you have to do is Google!

“To have no resolution and just let life happen.”

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Let’s face it, we’re under a lot of stress already. If you’re not busy doing one thing, we’re planning something else. The New Year should have more spontaneity. Who can’t relate to seeking less control? We tend to get so worked up about all the things we need to get done in the day that we rarely have time to let things just be.  Don’t be on your phone every second, take a walk, meet up with friends, but just do it without planning so much. 

“Wake up earlier to have me time in the mornings.”

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As soon as the alarm goes off, we are go, go, go. We go to bed thinking about all the stuff we have to do the next day, and we typically wake up groggy and anxiety-ridden. But, one thing that helps, is to get go to bed a little earlier. This gives you time to wake up and not rush out of bed. It also gives you extra time to lay there and think and be chill. 

If there’s something else that you want time for in the day, whether it is meditating, praying, writing, working out, or walking the dog — get up even 30 minutes earlier, and it will make all the difference in the world. Just remember, go to bed earlier. It will pay off. 

“Be outdoors more — bask in the presence of beautiful scenery and beautiful people.”

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This resolution is everything because it will help you and your soul in so many ways. The less you are cooped up indoors, stuck behind the computer or on the phone, the less you enjoy life. Try going to a park or go on a hike at least once a week. You will find that you have more peace in your life without making a huge change. 

“To be fearless!”

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Being fearless can mean a lot of different things to a lot of people, but what you should think about is what worries you the most. The things that keep you up at night. The things that hold you back. Pushing those things aside is what fearless is all about. Fighting against the things that scare us, that hold us back from accomplishing our dreams. That is being fearless. Even though we can’t be fearless every day, little moments of overcoming our fears is what matters. 

“Smothering myself with self-love. I decided to love myself as hard as I’ve loved others.”

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If you give a lot to others, to your kids, to your family, to your work, you should be giving yourself that same devotion. You may think you don’t have time to be good to yourself but you do by doing little things throughout the day. Indulge in your favorite kind of tea, watch your favorite trash TV show all alone, take an extra-long bath, by yourself those shoes you’ve been coveting for a while. Love yourself by being kind to yourself. Cut yourself some slack. You are a human being, who needs just as much love as everyone else. 

READ: Make This New Year Different By Making Active Positive Changes Instead Of Overwhelming Resolutions