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Gloria And Emilio Estefan Have Been Together For 34 Years And Their Relationship Is Still Goals

Beware: The Estefan’s romance is so epic that you might lose all hope for your own love and just live vicariously through them. The two met in their band Miami Sound Machine, which turned out to be a double lottery win. As they found fame, they fell in love.

The two have been together for 43 years and are still going strong, leaving each other Instagram tributes left and right.

It all started 43 years ago when they met at a wedding.

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It was 1975 and Emilio Estefan was a sales manager for Bacardi rum by day and keyboardist and bandleader of Miami Latin Boys by night. At the time, they had no lead singer so they would all take turns singing.

After he heard Gloria sing at the wedding, he asked her to sit in with the band.

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Their first performance together was impromptu, at their mutual friend’s wedding. A few weeks later, Emilio formally asked her to join the band as lead singer.

They renamed the band Miami Sound Machine.

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At first, Gloria could only sing on the weekends while she was finishing up school at the University of Miami. A year and a half into their bandship, they recorded their first professional album.

Three years after they met, the two got married.

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Two years after that, their son, Nayib, was born. Their band had taken off to the point where Emilio was able to quit his day job at Bacardi.

Their romance is so legendary, that they’ve created a Broadway musical out of it, called “On Your Feet!”

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It premiered on Broadway on November 5, 2015, and is touring the country to this day. The play tells the story of Miami Sound Machine and, of course, their love takes center stage.

Emilio stepped down as a performer to manage the band and raise their son.

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He essentially gave Gloria the limelight and became a mostly stay-at-home parent for their son. We’re shipping that Nayib grew up in a household free of machísmo. Thanks, Emilio.

Gloria has since won several awards for her music, including three Grammys.

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Emilio has been there for them all. Here she is receiving the Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor, which is the highest honor that can be given to a naturalized U.S. citizen. Gloria fled Cuba when she was just a few years old.

The fact that Bush could acknowledge the work and contributions of an immigrant speaks to the cultural phenomenon the two brought to the U.S.

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Rumor has it that they all danced the “Conga” that night. Just kidding, soy una chismosa.

Last year, Gloria became the first Cuban-American to be named as one of the Kennedy Center Honors.

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The two have been champions for LGBTQ+ equal rights and they look good while they advocate. This year, Emilio will be awarded the 2019 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize, making them the first married couple to both be awarded the honor.

The two seem to be madly in love even to this day.

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Gloria’s caption: “HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BABY!💃🏻 From the first of your birthdays that we shared as a couple when you turned 23 to this momentous one at 65 I’ve treasured each moment we’ve spent together, been thankful for each of the hardships that have made us grow stronger, wiser and closer and have thanked the universe for putting you on my path. Here’s to the birthdays to come and all the love in our future! I love you, mi morito!”

They even celebrate their “First Kiss” Anniversary every July 4th. 

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Caption: “Forever this will be my favorite reason to celebrate the 4th of July! Happy 42nd Anniversary of our first kiss, baby, @emilioestefanjr I love you so much!! 😍❤️😍❤️”

Of course, they shout from modern-day metaphorical rooftops (Instagram) for every anniversary since.

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Caption: “HAPPY 40th ANNIVERSARY, BABY!! Time has flown and it seems like only yesterday that we were two young kids with dreams starting a life-long adventure together…it still feels that way. 🎶 I love you more today than yesterday🎶But not as much as tomorrow🎶 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️”

Try not to find a photo of these two lovebirds kissing.

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The two have just reached their early 60s and we don’t think they’re retiring or settling down anytime soon. Esperamos que.

Their love has overcome horrific tragedies.

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On March 20, 1990, the bands’ bus crashed with a tractor-trailer on a snowy highway in Pennsylvania. Their son fractured his shoulder and Gloria literally broke her back.

She underwent a four-hour spinal surgery and had steel rods implanted into her spine.

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The doctors didn’t have a positive prognosis. She retired to her home near Miami to begin her recovery. With the assistance of her husband, she made a miraculous recovery. 

A year later, she was performing at the American Music Awards on stage.

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The two went on another year-long tour to promote her comeback album “Into the Light.” She released one album per year for the next four years, ranging from Latin to Pop. 

Today, they live and care for their three muppet dogs.

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You probably can’t even tell there are three dogs in this photo, but confíame. These two seem to always be under a pile of dogs.

Gloria told Extra TV that Emilio drives her crazy with his obsessive organization. 

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And she drives him crazy when she asks him a question while he’s brushing his teeth. Emilio told Extra TV, “She goes, ‘babe why aren’t you answering me?’ and I’m going like this [motions to brushing his teeth] and I can’t answer her. It drives me crazy.”

Maybe their love is just actually blessed by el Papa.

“Gloria and Emilio after a private Mass with Pope Francis (photo courtesy of NBC)” Digital Image. Forbes. 27 February 2019.

Gloria has never been heartbroken by any other boyfriend because he’s her first and only. Maybe that’s the real secret to a love lightened by any previous baggage.

Regardless, we ship these two love birds.

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We all felt abandoned when Marc and Jenny split, but nothing can rock my world so long as the Estefan’s love never dies. I think we’re in good shape. 

READ: From Rita Moreno To Becky G, Gloria Estefan’s Instagram Was Lit During The Kennedy Center Honors

Readers Share Adorable Stories of How Their Parents and Abuelos Met

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Readers Share Adorable Stories of How Their Parents and Abuelos Met

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In the era of hookup culture and online swiping, it’s comforting to look back on the days when dating was a straight-forward affair: boy meets girl, boy likes girl, boy marries girl. End of story. But, times have changed and finding your other half can feel more impossible than every Luckily, we can always look to older generations to give us hope. Their romantic stories of days past are always inspiring.

Readers of FIERCE by mitu shared their cute stories of how their parents and abuelos met. Check out some of our favorite ones below!

1. The old bait-and-switch

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“My abuelos met eachother while they were living in Cuba. Abuelo pretended to be 5 years older than her to get her attention but was actually 2 years younger. He asked her out for ice-cream on their first date.”

2. The Cinderella Story

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“My Dad was rich & Mom poor, he chose her and was disowned by his family and lost his inheritance. They lived happily ever after working their asses off once they came to the United States. Love my parents”. -@mrs.jaypeeonenine

3. Love Letters Gone Wrong

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“My dad was playing basketball at my moms high school. He saw my mom and asked her if he could write her. 1953. Mom told dad to write his address on the locker that he was using for the basketball game ( girls lockers). He did. On Monday morning the principal of moms school called to complain to the principal of my dads high school and was angry his basketball team had written all over the lockers. My dad and his team were punished and had to go back to my moms school to clean up the lockers. I still have the first letter my dad sent my mom. Mom passed away 10 years ago. I’m 64 and will never forget their love story”. – @dollycardenas50

4. The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach

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“My mom and dad both immigrated here from Argentina when they were kids. My dad was 9 and my mom was 2. My dad ended up going to high school with my mom’s little brother and they got super drunk one night together when they were 16. They were scared to go back to their houses (the wrath of a Latin mother!!) so they tried to sleep in a park. It got too cold, so they went back to my uncle’s place and decided to wake my mom up by throwing rocks at her window. At 3am, my mom let her hermanito and my dad crawl through her window. My dad and uncle set up camp in my uncle’s room to sleep everything off, but they were starving. My uncle sent my dad to knock on my mom’s door and ask if she could make pancakes (bc they’re legendary). She thought he was so cute, that she made them pancakes at 3am. They’ve been together ever since (they’re 52 now).” -@bryduca

5. A Tale of Two Heights

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“My grandparents went to school together. He asked her to be his partner for a dance performance once. Grandpa says he would have asked her sooner but didn’t see her. He’s 6ft she’s 4’10.” -@danhely

6. Love at first sight

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“My abuelos met each other on a bus in Chicago while Guelo was studying to be a priest. He was a light skinned, fiery haired Mexican man with a friendly smile. Guela’s golden brown Puerto Rican glow was accented by her elegant black ringlets and graceful summer dress. He was smitten the moment he saw her! They conversed about spirituality, faith, and love for something greater than self.Less than one year later, Guelo traded one sacrament for another so that we, our family, could be born.” -@e.m.castro

7. Flirting By Throwing Rocks?

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“My abuela would fill up her cantaro with water & whenever she walked by, my abuelo would through small rocks. She hated him for making her dump the water & he loved how beautiful she looked angry”. -@mija_por_favor

8. Life-long dance partners

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“My abuelos ran into each other multiple times in one day. They had gotten onto the same bus two different times. Later that night when my abuelo saw my abuela at a dance he decided seeing her a third time that day was a sign and asked her to dance. And they were dancing partners the rest of her life”. -@thetiffanyandco

9. The Bashful Beginning

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“My dad was friends with my mom’s brothers but he never met her despite always being around. One day, my mom was cleaning the floor outside her house & saw my dad walking from a distance towards the house. She dropped the broom & ran inside. The rest, is history”. -@lifeasingrid

10. The Whirlwind Romance

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“My grandma and grandpa met while being migrant workers. Grandma was 15 and he was 18. My grandma’s sisters were trying to get with my grandpa but grandma wasn’t having it. Their time at that location was almost over and they were going to be separated so after two weeks of knowing each other, they decided to marry. They were married 62 years before my grandma passed.” – @amorettenoel

11. A Military Marriage

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“My grandfather was in the marines and was stationed in the Dominican Rep. training the Dominican Air Force. At a party he meet my abuelita and fell in love. He had to asked his superiors for permission to see her, then my great grandfather to court her. They both passed away one right after each other after being 50 years together” -@claudia_teresa1

12. A Meeting of Cultures

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“Mi abuela, Soledad, or Chole, was a very attractive and creative woman. Soon after high school she was dancing in a women’s Mexican folklorico troup at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. Mi abuelo Modesto, was selling Cuban cigars as a traveling salesman. They met at the Fair, fell in love and eventually had my mom, Rosalia.” -@fridadina

13. An arranged marriage with a happy ending…

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“In my dad’s side of the family my grandma had to marry my grandpa because a chismosa saw her talking to him outside the grocery story, so my great-grandparents arranged the marriage to restore their honor. In my moms side of the family my grandma had to marry my grandpa to pay off a debt of his family take care of hers after my grandmas parents passed away when she was young. They loved each other and lived happily ever after.#arrangedmarriages” -@iris_herndz

14. An Irresistible Passion

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“My parents met at a dance in Durango, Colorado. Durango is a college town perfectly located in the middle of my parent’s hometowns. My mother was promised to someone else through engagement, but my father won her heart before leaving for the Navy.” -@daiciamestas

Trump Administration Just Deported 120 Cubans On A Single Plane

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Trump Administration Just Deported 120 Cubans On A Single Plane

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We can’t imagine what the energy or conversations might have felt like on the ICE plane that deported 120 Cuban immigrants in one fell swoop. Many of the deportees had reportedly passed credible fear interviews, during which they showed proof of the violence and persecution they would face if they were sent back. This deportation is one of the largest deportation missions of Cuban immigrants in years. 

While Trump is the current president allowing for deportation, President Barack Obama is responsible for removing deportation protections from Cuban nationals, an agreement signed during his last days in office.

“South Florida should be up in arms,” immigration attorney, Randy McGrorty said.

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One of his clients is a Cuban national who sought asylum in the U.S. through the Mexico border. McGrorty told The Miami Herald that his client was on that flight to Havana, but an eleventh-hour paperwork glitch allowed him to be removed from the plane. In a statement, ICE said that “ten special response team operators” were assigned to the flight given “the charter flight’s high number of removals” in order to “ensure adequate mission security onboard the flight.”

The majority of those on the flight didn’t have assigned attorneys.

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The Miami Herald cites “ICE sources” who have said that the majority of those on the flight had passed credible fear interviews. Those interviews are simply the first entry point to being granted permission to apply for asylum, but it doesn’t mean they’re granted asylum. We can’t predict if they would have been deported had they been given attorneys. We don’t know whether the deported group were made up of recent migrants or long-time residents.

President Obama signed the “Joint Agreement” during his last week in office that requires Cuba to accept all deported Cuban nationals.

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Word for word, the document says, “The United States of America shall return to the Republic of Cuba, and the Republic of Cuba shall receive back all Cuban nationals who … are found by the competent authorities of the United States to have tried to irregularly enter or remain in that country in violation of United States law.” Effectively, it ended the “wet foot, dry foot” policy that allowed Cubans to be granted protections the moment they were on U.S. land. Those Cubans had the opportunity to gain legal residency.

Before the “Joint Agreement,” Cuba had a history of rejecting deportees from America, forcing the U.S. to fly the deportees back.

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The ICE statement continues to explain that, “the large removal charter is made all the more significant given Cuba’s longstanding status with respect to accepting the return of Cuban nationals ordered removed from the United States and abiding by key provisions of the U.S.-Cuba Joint Statement. Cuba has a long history of being deemed an uncooperative country.”

As the U.S. relations with Cuba have changed, Cuba continues to remain a communist Castro regime.

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Fidel may have perished, but the regime remains strong. “Let’s see what happens to them upon arrival,” McGrorty told The Miami Herald. “Are they going to have access to employment, a place to live? Are they going to have benefits that the other Cubans have? Are they going to face persecution?” Cuba has historically rejected accepting its nationals back because of their public criticism against Castro, or even because they’re age might be a burden on the country’s healthcare. 

More than 37,000 Cubans in the U.S. have been given orders of removal.

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Several attorneys confided in The Miami Herald on the basis of anonymity to raise awareness for a settled community in the U.S. facing persecution. Their clients have lived in South Florida for decades, remaining in compliance with their attendance orders from ICE, and, today, are sitting in detention centers awaiting a decision from Cuba on whether it will accept them back. Cuba can take as long as 90 days to make that decision, given that “The Joint Agreement” only applies to those Cuban nationals that immigrate after the January 12, 2017 accord. 

Cubans make up the largest number of asylum seekers right now.

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Venezuelans and Nicaraguans take the second and third place in asylum-seeking. Compared to Trump’s first year in office, there have been 4.5x as many Cubans deported so far this year. It doesn’t matter how long Cuban nationals have been in the U.S. If they have a criminal record, they are likely going to be deported, and, now, suddenly, Cuba may actually accept them.

READ: More Cubans Are Being Detained And Deported One Year After ‘Wet Foot, Dry Foot’ Was Eliminated