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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

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A California Couple Who Met In Middle School Died Hours Apart From Eachother At Age 67 From COVID-19

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A California Couple Who Met In Middle School Died Hours Apart From Eachother At Age 67 From COVID-19

As the current situation with the Coronavirus pandemic continues to surge, families and friends continue to live divided lives. Hope has come in the form of new vaccines and their distribution across the globe, however, the tragedies continue.

Now, a San Diego family, whose patriarchs weren’t able to receive vaccines, is suffering deeply.

Juan and Blanca Rodriguez passed away from COVID this past week within hours of saying their last goodbyes on Zoom.

The middle school sweethearts met in the seventh grade spent decades together as a married couple until passing away at the age of sixty-seven. Juan and Blanca met in the seventh grade, were married five years later, and went onto have four children and six grandchildren.

“He saw my mom in homeroom in seventh grade, and he said from the moment he saw her, he knew he was going to marry her,” the couple’s daughter Cynthia Rodriguez explained in an interview to NBC12

This past January, Juan and Blanca were retired and living with one of their children when everyone in the family contracted COVID-19.

Their illnesses came as a surprise to the family particularly because they had been extremely cautious.

“We quarantined. We didn’t go out. We didn’t even go to stores. We would order food delivery,” the couple’s other daughter Blanca Velazquez explained.

While the family eventually recovered, on Feb. 1 Juan and Blanca were rushed to the hospital. The couple was sent to two separate facilities and communicated with their family through Zoom.

Over the weekend, after Juan’s condition continued to worsen his family said virtual goodbyes.

“My mom was on the Zoom call, and she told my dad that she was happy that she was able to share her life with him, and she thanked him for being the love of her life,” explained Velazquez.

Juana and Blanca’s son Juan Rodriguez Jr. revealed on a GoFundMe page set up to help with funeral expenses that not long after Blanca’s call with Juan, the family received a call from Blanca “saying she was not doing well and they had to put her on a ventilator as well. The Dr. called a few hours later and said she didn’t respond to the ventilator and there was nothing else they could do for her.”

Blanca passed away three hours after her call with her family on Feb. 8 at 12:30 a.m. Later, Juan died at 4:18 a.m.

“Losing one parent is bad enough, but losing them both on the same day has been both devastating and heartbreaking. We have peace in knowing that since they were always together in life, they could not be apart in death as well,” Juan Jr. wrote. “He couldn’t live without her, so, he just let go. It’s like an epic love story, that they went together in the same day. They were the best parents,” Velazquez told NBC12.

As of Thursday afternoon, the family’s GoFundMe raised $16,897 toward its $25,000 goal.

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Dating 101: The Expert’s Guide on How to Find Love in 2021

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Dating 101: The Expert’s Guide on How to Find Love in 2021

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away, which means that if you’re single, you might be taking a good, hard look at the state of your love life. If, like many of us, you’ve spent the past year focusing on your own growth and self-development, then you might be ready to jump back into the dating pool. 

But if you feel off your game or unsure of how to proceed in this brand new, post-COVID world of dating, fear not! We’ve employed the help of Jorge Lozano H. to give us the do’s and don’ts of finding love in 2021.

Jorge Lozano H. is a best-selling author, speaker, and dating expert who knows exactly how challenging this new dating scene is–but he also knows how fun it can be. Lozano shared his tips and tricks with us on how to attract “the one” in 2021. Check out his advice below!

1. Spend More Time on Dating Apps

We know, we know. There are about a million-and-one dating apps out there. But it’s a simple fact that you can’t find something if you’re not looking for it. Download one or two dating apps and commit to spending time and effort on finding a viable match (so, no mindless swiping).

If you feel like the sheer number of options is too overwhelming, try out a dating app that narrows down the dating pool by common interests–like Chispa, the dating app specifically made for millenial Latinos. 

2. Confidence is Key

It’s tempting to approach every date with a pessimistic mindset. Sure, there’s “plenty of fish in the sea,” but there’s also plenty of duds in the sea as well. Lozano suggest looking on the bright side by trying out positive affirmations.

“Go into every virtual date with a positive mindset by repeating these eight words when you need a confidence boost: ‘I want, I can, and I deserve it,'” he says.

3. Build meaningful connections

Lozano suggests creating “emotional anchors” during your conversation with you date in order to make meaningful, memorable connections. Lozano suggests bonding over common interests like similar tastes in music or the favorite Banderas you have in common.

4. Don’t be a “bad texter”

Even if a potential partner is head-over-heels for you, that doesn’t give you an excuse to be a bad texter (i.e. giving low-effort, one-word responses). “Elaborate, ask questions and show interest so your potential novio/a will keep you in mind at all times,” says Lozano.

5. Flirt with finesse

If you’re wondering why none of your matches are graduating to the next step, like a FaceTime date or a virtual date, it might be because you’re not giving them much to work with. “Coquetear adds an extra spice to any conversation,” says Lozano. He suggests using three universally-beloved topics to keep the convo going: food, pets, and (pre-Covid) travel of course.

Now that you’re armed with Lozano’s great advice, you’re ready to take on the 2021 dating scene with renewed confidence. Now head out there and find your soulmate!

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